January 25, 2022

NYT: A Visit to the Oldest Cultural Institution in New York City, the New York Society Library

From The New York Times:

2018-06-13_17-12-52Founded in 1754, the New York Society Library, on East 79th Street in Manhattan, calls itself the oldest cultural institution in New York City.

“If you can find one that’s older, let us know,” said Carolyn Waters, its head librarian.

Yet the place remains little known, even to many New Yorkers.


Since this is a membership library supported by annual fees and its endowment, patrons must pay to enjoy lending privileges for its roughly 300,000 volumes on a broad array of subjects, including plenty of material about New York City.


The library has roughly 2,800 members, she said, and allows nonmembers to use its ground-floor reference room for browsing and reading, and to attend many of its talks, exhibitions and events.

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See Also: New York Society Library Blog and New Book List

See Also: New York Society Library Online Catalog

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.