The New York Society Library

Upper East Side, Manhattan

Credit: Photo by Beth Perkins

The New York Society Library, founded in 1754, is the city’s oldest library and a thriving community of readers, writers, and families. The library is open to the public for reading, reference, exhibitions, and many events, with membership providing book circulation and use of reading/study spaces. The landmarked home on 79th Street and Madison Avenue was built as an Italianate townhouse in 1917 and became the Library’s fifth home in 1937. The current exhibition, “QUACK! QUACK! THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF ROBERT QUACKENBUSH,” celebrates the beloved children’s author and illustrator in a family-friendly display. On OHNY Weekend, tour participants will explore some behind-the-scenes areas of the library not generally accessible to the public.

The New York Society Library, founded in 1754, is the city’s oldest library and a thriving community of readers, writers, and families. The library is open to the public for reading, reference, exhibitions, and many events, with membership providing book circulation and use of reading/study spaces. The landmarked home on 79th Street and Madison Avenue was built as an Italianate townhouse in 1917 and became the Library’s fifth home in 1937. The current exhibition, “QUACK! QUACK! THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF ROBERT QUACKENBUSH,” celebrates the beloved children’s author and illustrator in a family-friendly display.

On OHNY Weekend, tour participants will explore some behind-the-scenes areas of the library not generally accessible to the public.

The Library itself is wheelchair-accessible for regular use, but this tour will go into some behind-the-scenes spaces that involve a very few ascending stairs, some descending stairs, and some narrow entrances.

The pace is slow and easy, and the building is quiet. There are some opportunities to sit down briefly during the tour.

The Library itself is also kid-friendly, but this tour is aimed at adults (although not inappropriate for children).

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53 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075