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The New York Society Library

The New York Society Library was founded in 1754 and is the city's oldest library.  In the eighteenth century, an organization labeled "Society" meant that it was open to all--available to everyone throughout society. 

The Library is open to all for reading, reference, and most events, with circulation and other services by subscription.  The beautiful landmarked building dates from 1917 and includes reading rooms, spaces for study, stacks, and an exhibition gallery.  The Library has approximately 300,000 volumes and hosts a variety of special events, seminars, and workshops, as well as the New York City Book Awards.  

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