The New York Public Library celebrates Black History Month throughout February with live online events and programs, blog posts, recommended reading, and a wide array of digital resources available to anyone with a library card.
The Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List
For 95 years, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has preserved, protected, and fostered a greater understanding of the Black experience through its collections, exhibitions, programs, and scholarship. In response to the uprisings across the globe demanding justice for Black lives, the Schomburg Center has created a Black Liberation Reading List. The titles on the list represent books we and the public turn to regularly as activists, students, archivists, and curators, with a particular focus on books by Black authors and those whose papers we steward. (Download the list.)
New York City is many things: powerful, resilient, funny, fascinating, a center of culture and literary life—a city that contains multitudes. We pay tribute to the city we call home with a book list that reflects its diversity, energy, and life, plus city-centric storytimes for young readers, programs with famous New Yorkers, and more.
Discover The New York Public Library’s new personalized book selection service! While browsing is limited, we offer a friendly, adventurous alternative. Tell us your reading interests and we’ll pick five books for you!
The Library's 125th anniversary is a moment to honor and reaffirm the enduring power of libraries. Our values of trust, respect, and free and open access to knowledge and opportunity are as essential today as ever before.
This special anniversary book list honors 125 titles from the past 125 years that made us fall in love with reading.
Our expert librarians have selected 125 titles from the last 125 years that inspire those both young and young at heart to love reading—from timeless classics to new favorites.
From graphic novels and modern classics to fantasy and romance, these books are filled with stories and characters that will be sure to make readers think, laugh, cry—and perhaps recognize a part of themselves.
Get the power of The New York Public Library, anytime, anywhere. With the NYPL app, you can access everything the Library has to offer from home or while you’re on the go.
As the 19th Amendment turns 100, The New York Public Library reflects on the history of suffrage and feminism with the publication of NYPL’s Essential Reads on Feminism for adults, teens, and kids.
Discover the list and explore the Library's resources on feminism through its Digital Collections, research guides, online databases, and huge catalog of books, e-books, and more.
The books on this list illuminate voting issues including healthcare, education, climate change, and foreign policy, and explore subjects including political polarization, the media, and movements toward greater justice and socioeconomic equity. Make an informed decision. Read as if your vote depends on it.
The New York Public Library is proud to present our Best Books of 2020. Our annual recommendations for kids, teens, and adults, curated by our expert librarians, encompass fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, poetry, kids’ books in Spanish, and much more.
In years gone by, you may have been able to catch New Yorkers in parks, on subways, or indeed in The New York Public Library itself with their noses in these books. In 2020, for obvious reasons, many of us have been reading at home and, more than ever, on electronic devices. Missed seeing what your fellow New Yorkers are reading? Here are the books our patrons have checked out most.
Find out which books were checked out most since The New York Public Library opened its doors 125 years ago.
We’re experiencing a pivotal moment in our history right now—and we want to hear and preserve your story.
The Pandemic Diaries Project invites you to submit, via an online form, audio recordings of yourself or your loved ones telling personal stories about life amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The New York we know and love is one click away: cabs honking, pigeons cooing, bike messengers whizzing by, strangers gossiping, the hum of a local library. Anywhere you are can now become the city—all you need is Missing Sounds of New York, The New York Public Library’s album.