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New York Public Library in New York City

Cafe / Restaurant
Lower Noise
Plugs everywhere

Original Scout + Editors

Community verified
Lorrie

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Workspace Details + Amenities

Coffee Hot Coffee (freshly brewed Fonte coffee); Stumptown Cold-Brewed Coffee; Bottled Drinks
Food Amy's Bread Cafe on the first floor: The menu at Amy’s Bread rotates daily and features an array of hand-made pastries, unique sandwiches, healthy salads, decadent sweets, and more.
Seating Capacity 100+
Group Space Yes
Types of Seating Small tables, Larger tables
Keywords library quiet, Has Power
Web www.facebook.com/nypl  

Pro Tips

The wonderful large, iconic spaces (the Rose Main Reading Room and Bill Blass Public Catalog Room) are closed temporarily for restoration of their historic ceilings (set to reopen in fall 2016), but there are plenty of tables and chairs on the second floor, check out room #217 for ample tables and good old fashioned oak chairs to settle into. There are many outlets throughout embedded in the centers of most tables and also along the walls. There are of course the occasional asshats who mistake the library for Starbucks and try to conduct loud calls on their phones, but the glares of other library patrons seems to work to discourage this.


  • Great place. Very quiet. You can’t speak by voice, that’s the only bad thing.

  • Apparently no drinks are allowed, not even coffee.

  • Apparently the Rose reading room is closed until the end of the year for construction. There are several other reading rooms though :).

  • Bathrooms were very dirty. Even though it was quiet, it was very busy, not many places to sit and tables were scarce. All areas where you could charge your computer were crowded by people not using computers.

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