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The New York Public Library Celebrates 125 Years

The Library's 125th anniversary is a moment to celebrate and reaffirm the enduring power of libraries. Our values of trust, respect, and free and open access to knowledge and opportunity are as essential today as ever before.

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The New York Public Library Through the Years

Chatham Square Library, 1911
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Central Library at 42nd Street, ca. 1911
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World War I Book Drive on the plaza of the Central Library, 42nd. Street, ca. 1916
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Outreach to Post-Graduate Hospital, 1923
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Children's Reading Room in 135th Street Library, 1926
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College students using the Bronx Reference Center in Fordham Library (now Bronx Library Center). 1938
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Library staff shelving books in Port Richmond Library, Staten Island, 1947
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Library staff conducting stack maintenance, 1948
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The New York Public Library Bronx Bookmobile, ca. 1950s
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Children's Room in St. George Library, Staten Island
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