New York Public Library - St. Agnes Branch

444 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10024

212-877-4380

History

Beginning in 1893 as a parish library at St. Agnes Chapel on West 91st Street, the St. Agnes Branch also housed a small collection for the Library for the Blind. The following year, in 1894, the chapel's pastor, in order to keep pace with a rapidly growing community, expanded the library to neighborhood status. St. Agnes Free Library was chartered by the University of the State of New York and moved several times before its consolidation with The New York Public Library in 1901. In 1906, the St. Agnes Branch opened its doors in its present home on Amsterdam Avenue. The branch is in the vicinity of the American Museum of Natural History and near Central Park and many shops and restaurants. The three-story structure, featuring gracefully arched windows at the first and second floors and a strongly detailed roofline, was designed by Babb, Cook and Willard and erected with funds given to the city by Andrew Carnegie for the construction of branch libraries throughout the five boroughs.

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