libraries
History
A Brief History of Presidential Libraries
The modern presidential library is more than a roadside attraction.... READ ON
Books
Librarian Creates Fake Patron to Keep Books on Shelves
The fictional "Chuck Finley" checked out 2361 books last year.... READ ON
List
50 Vintage Christmas Cards From the New York Public Library Archives
These charming designs are good enough to bring back.... READ ON
Music
Long-Lost Christmas Drinking Song Discovered at Oxford
Composer George Butterworth destroyed many of his early works before he left to fight in World War I, making it a rare find.... READ ON
Books
Granddaughter Returns Grandfather’s Library Book 120 Years Late
Better late than never?... READ ON
News
New York Public Library Turns Former Library Apartment Into Teen/Tech Center
For years, a custodian apartment in the library's Washington Heights branch was closed to the public. Now, it's a brand-new public space.... READ ON
Videos
Watch How Computers Sort Lists (It's Complicated)
How fast can you alphabetize 1,280 books? See how computer scientists can make the process much faster.... READ ON
Movies
Take a Virtual Tour of the Real Hogwarts Library
Unfortunately you won't find a copy of "Quidditch Through the Ages" in these stacks.... READ ON
History
The New York Public Library's Secret Apartments
Shoveling coal and living above the library used to be a thing in New York.... READ ON
Videos
Watch How Libraries Were Organized in 1951 (Card Catalogs!)
Nothing was Google-able, and we had to walk uphill both ways.... READ ON
Videos
Meet the Librarians Who Act as the New York Public Library’s Human Google
The "Ask NYPL" hotline still receives more than 30,000 calls a year.... READ ON
Books
New York Public Library Installs Tiny Trains to Deliver Books
The book-mobile snakes up to the newly-renovated Rose Room.... READ ON
Politics
Carla Hayden Makes History as the New Librarian of Congress
She's both the first woman and the first African American to assume the role.... READ ON
Books
The New York Public Library’s Rose Room Is Ready to Reopen
It's been closed for renovations since 2014.... READ ON
Music
The Library of Congress Is Digitizing Its Braille Music Collection
It's a tedious process.... READ ON
Fun
The NY Public Library Will Send You an Emoji-Inspired Image From its Archives
Tweet at the emoji bot, and get a related image back from the library's enormous digital archive.... READ ON

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