We’re all familiar with the iconic main branch of the New York Public Library, but there are many more “less visible” libraries all around the city. Want to learn some technical skills? Try the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York! How about trying your (slight of) hand at some magic? Head over to the Conjuring Arts Research Center in Midtown Manhattan. From the volunteer-run Interference Library, chronicling activism history, to the Explorers Club (complete with a taxidermy polar bear! and maps of the Amazon!), NYC’s libraries hold a treasure trove of resources for your perusal.
My personal favorite on the list is the Little Free Library. There is no permanent collection or catalog, the only recommendation being “take a book – return a book.” These little libraries can be anything from a simple box to a larger design. Take a look here for locations of the current Little Free Libraries all over the U.S.