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New York Public Library +2

476 5th Ave (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building), New York
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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.

WiFi Details

Download Speed 172 Mb/s
Upload Speed 83 Mb/s
Latency 10 Ms

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More about this space

Type of Space

Open to the public

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Background Noise Moderate to low
Plugs for Charging Plenty
Alcohol -
Group Seating
Outdoor Seating -
Types of Seating Small tables, larger tables
Community Tags library quiet
Coffee Options Hot Coffee (freshly brewed Fonte coffee); Stumptown Cold-Brewed Coffee; Bottled Drinks
Food Options 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.
Updated May 2017

Listing provided by Lorrie


People are saying  

  • vivianalaire

    Go to the third floor main reading room to work! There are plenty of outlets available, and you can come in for free. Wifi works fantastically. Admire the beautiful painted ceilings above you as you work in a quiet environment. *There is no food allowed. Water is okay, but they must stay put on the floor, not on the tables. Great place to work on a rainy day. You can take a break by getting something to eat next to Bryant Park.

  • I came as the library opened at 10:00 this Wednesday. Surprisingly there was a line out front but it quickly filed in when the doors open. I found the reading room nearly empty and enjoyed setting up a spot there by a plug. WiFi is great and the room is mostly quiet and yet to be full, for now.

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

  • jlaham

    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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