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The New York Society Library relies on the support of members and friends to sustain its collection, adult and children's programs, exhibitions, and extraordinary personal service. The Library is a not-for-profit organization. There are many ways to contribute. Find out more.

City Readers

City ReadersDiscover the Library’s historic past through digital copies of materials from our print and archival collections. City Readers also offers a fully searchable database of circulation records for our early membership from 1789 to 1805. Find out more.