Columbus Library

742 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

212-586-5098

Regular Hours:

Sun Closed

Mon  10 am–7 pm

Tues  10 am–7 pm

Wed  10 am–7 pm

Thurs  10 am–7 pm

Fri  10 am–5 pm

Sat  10 am–5 pm

Mission:

The mission of The New York Public Library is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities.

General Information

The Columbus Branch of The New York Public Library has been a center for education in the multi-ethnic, working-class neighborhood of Clinton since the branch opened in 1909.

It is one of 65 libraries built in the early twentieth century with funds contributed by Andrew Carnegie. The nucleus of the collection came from the reading room of the Columbus Catholic Club, a social and educational club for young men. In 1901, the club's library was incorporated into the Cathedral Free Circulating Library, and in 1905, as the city's library movement developed, it became part of The New York Public Library.

The Columbus branch reopened in 2005 after the first complete rehabilitation and modernization of the elegant Renaissance Revival, Indiana limestone building since the 1960s. From the 1970s until its closure in 2004, the library operated on only one floor. The renovation keeps many of the building's historic elements, including the original iron-railed staircase and the oak-paneled entrance vestibule. The major changes include: complete redesign and reconfiguration of the interior public service areas, restoration of the second floor as a dedicated children's reading room, including a separate story hour room, and a new elevator serving all floors.

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