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Old 05-23-2011, 09:00 PM
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What would you say is the best public library out of all of them?
I'm living in brooklyn now, and the ones near me suck.
Does anyone know if any of the libraries in NY offer scanners, usage of fax machines, and etc?
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:14 PM
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Probably the social sciences library around 42nd and 5th Ave I believe. It's a resource library as opposed to checking things out. Also there is another one diagonally across the street from there, which has about 7 floors or so. THey are the best in the city IMO.
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Old 05-23-2011, 11:02 PM
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I'm not happy with any of the NYC public libraries I've been to for various reasons. It is a great system but there is only so much they can do when they are overburdened with people using them as if they are homeless centers and daycares. If I needed a library on a regular basis, I would look into paying one of the CUNY schools the $250 a year fee for access. I have heard the CUNY Graduate Center is supposed to have a very nice library.
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:03 AM
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The NYPL is a terrific SYSTEM even though each neighborhood library might not be up to snuff.

I order almost everything ONLINE from the catalogue and it is delivered locally when available. I just use my local branch to retrieve and return the books and maybe read the Times if someone else isn't reading the only copy.

For browsing I like the Mid-Manhattan branch the best...across Fifth from the MAIN and down a bit, like 39th-40th Sts. But it's beeen a while since I've been even THERE.

That TECHNICAL library in the old B.Altman building (34th and Fifth) is pretty snazzy.
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