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After 10 years under construction, the New York Public Library opened its doors in May, 1911. Situated at Fifth Ave and 42nd St, the facility’s amenities included chauffeur service and a cobbler to add “the obligatory, soft-stepping rubber heels on the shoes of library employees in the interest of quiet. Equipped to house up to 4 million books on 75 miles of shelves, it has become known as “one of the most beautiful structures in the world devoted entirely to books." Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.

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Important Dates:

  • 1895. The Astor Library, Lenox Library and Tilden Trust consolidate to form the New York Public Library.
  • 1897. The architectural firm, Carerre and Hastings, is selected to construct the building.
  • May 23, 1911. New York’s Great Public Library opens. Over 50,000 people, (along with U.S President Taft, Andrew Carnegie, and other notable public figures), attend the dedication ceremony.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] New York Public Library, Carrere and Hastings, Astor Library, Lenox Library and Tilden Trust.
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results. You might want to limit to articles published in the years 1895-1910 for articles related to the construction of the building and 1911-1912 for the grand opening of the building.

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