There are so many illustrious libraries to enjoy in Manhattan, and getting lost in the stacks at Butler or discovering the reading room at the Museum of Natural History are New York City traditions. Revelatory libraries, such as The New York Society Library and Poets House also shouldn’t be missed. Below are nine of the most beautiful libraries with some of the best collections in Manhattan.
Located at Lincoln Center, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts grabs attention with its glamorous foyer and rotating displays of artifacts from New York City’s rich performance history, including costumes, videos, and posters. But the real treasure is the collection itself, in which you can examine hundreds of recordings, playbills, and more arcana from every aspect of ballet, opera, vaudeville, music, and Broadway theater.