"Astor Library sign, historical building" New York Public Library Tip by butterflykizzez04
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This is the historical sign outside the Astor Library which is now the Public Theater.
This early library, created by funds provided in the will of John Jacob Astor, held about 200,000 books, but was not a lending library. In 1895 it merged with the Lennox Library and the Tilden Trust to form the New York Public Library
The Astor Library was created through the generosity of John Jacob Astor (1763-1848), a German immigrant who at his death was the wealthiest man in America. In his will he pledged $400,000 for the establishment of a reference library in New York. The Astor Library opened its doors in 1849, in the building which is now the home of The New York Shakespeare Festival's Joseph Papp Public Theater. Although the books did not circulate and hours were limited, it was a major resource for reference and research.
Address: 245 lafayette street, in the village
Directions: Between E 40th St. & E 42nd St.
Phone: (917) 275-6975
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