New York Public Library
The mission of The New York Public Library is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities. The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond, operating 90 libraries-including research and branch libraries-throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. The Library system offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years, with more than 18 million visits in Fiscal Year 2012. The New York Public Library also serves millions more around the globe online through its website and its extensive social media presence.
The Branch Libraries$178m
The services of the 88 branch libraries extend far beyond the traditional lending role usually associated with neighborhood libraries, to provide vital outreach services and programs to schools, nursing homes, hospitals, shelters and prisons, and to the blind and physically handicapped, including book-by-mail deliveries to the homebound. For more information, see schedule o.
The Research Libraries$114m
During fiscal 2017, the four research libraries - the stephen a. Schwarzman building; the science, industry and business library; the schomburg center for research in black culture; and the library for the performing arts, dorothy and lewis b. Cullman center - had 3.6 million on-site users. The research libraries sponsored 2,209 programs, attended by 101,554 patrons. Library staff responded to 517,000 reference inquiries. Of 46.43 million collection items, approximately 17.44 million are books and book-like materials, and the remainder consists of items such as audio recordings, films, maps, sheet music, prints, and clippings. For more information, see schedule o.