New York Academy of Medicine

East Harlem, Manhattan

Interior of New York Academy of Medicine with shelves of books in the background and reading tables with lamps in the foreground.
Credit: New York Academy of Medicine

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The New York Academy of Medicine, a neo-Romanesque building by York and Sawyer, was constructed 1925–1926 and is an Art Deco interpretation of the Romanesque style of architecture. The Academy is also home to one of the largest history-of-medicine libraries in the country, a library that has been open to the public for use since 1878. The tour features the exterior, lobby, auditorium, main reading room, and the Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room, where a display of materials related to the construction of the building itself and a few of the rare materials from the Library will be featured.

Visitors will need to show proof of vaccination and wear masks while on the tour.

This experience is offered during OHNY Weekend as a part of Radical Knowledge: Libraries as Community Catalysts, a series examining how libraries serve as both vibrant learning institutions and centers for their communities, providing physical and virtual spaces to enrich civic life, expand economic opportunity, and improve the quality of place and quality of life for New Yorkers.

Radical Knowledge is produced in partnership with Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Public Library.

1926; 1933