The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) encourages the appreciation of French language and culture and fosters cross-cultural exchange. It offers French classes as well as cultural programming and a lending library at its 1925 Beaux-Arts building on the Upper East Side.
The museum boasts one of the world's most important collections of Western painting, sculpture and decorative arts. The art works can be seen in a domestic space (a mansion), the way the Frick family lived with them.
The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York was founded in 1785 by skilled craftsmen. Its educational, philanthropic and cultural programs include the Mechanics Institute, the General Society Library and the New York Center for Independent Publishing.
Mon & Wed: 12-7 pm Tues & Thurs: 10 am-6 pm Fri & Sat: 10 am-5 pmGeorge Bruce was an enterprising young Scotsman who sailed to the United States before he was 15. Eventually settling in New York, he became a well-known typefounder and inventor of printing machinery. In 1877, Bruce's daughter Catherine contributed $50,000 for a library building and books, in memory of her father. Completed in 1888, the original George Bruce Library was located on 42nd Street. When it was sold in 1915, the proceeds were used to build the present-day, handsome brick and sandstone CarrÃ¨re and Hastings-designed building on ...
Mon, Wed & Fri: 10 am-6 pm Tues: 1-8 pm Thurs: 1-6 pm Sat: 10 am-5 pmIn 1997, the library moved to its new 10,000-square-foot facility. A clock tower and a two-story picture window overlook the Shell Bank Channel. Its two large gardens are tended by the same active community groups that have supported the library for the past 65 years. For more information, click here.
Part of an international network of German cultural centers, the Goethe-Institut provides a schedule of exhibitions, film screenings, performances, and symposiums focusing on German language and culture, as well as exhibits of contemporary art.
Mon, Tues: 10 am-6 pm Wed, Thurs, Fri: 11 am-6 pm Sat: 10 am-5 pmThe Grand Central Branch near Grand Central Terminal serves commuters and area workers as well as families living to the east. Boasting 45 computers, 32 of which are laptops, there are outlets and data ports at the bar-height seating looking out on 46th street.Grand Central has collections of DVDs, CDs, large print, paperbacks, and popular fiction and nonfiction for adults.Grand Central is also the new home of Teen Central hosting their collections and programs.For more information on the branch, click here.
Mon, Wed & Fri: 10 am-6 pm Tues & Thurs: 1-8 pm Sat: 10 am-5 pmIn 2001 the branch underwent 1.5 million renovations that included a new lighting, furniture, shelving, art objects and 11 new public access computers. The branch is now part of Cluster 11, as it continues to serve the local community with innovative technology as well as traditional services. It has large collections of Russian and Chinese books and DVDs, and a medium-size collection of Italian, Hebrew and Spanish materials. For more information, click here.
Mon & Thurs: 10 am-6 pm Tues & Wed: 11 am-7 pm Fri: 12 pm-5 pm Sat: 10 am-5 pmTwo blocks from the Staten Island Rapid Transit station, this busy branch's electronic resources includes Internet access and numerous databases on branch computers. Materials in languages other than English include Chinese, Russian and Polish.A $1.5 million renovation in 2005 was the first complete renovation of the 1954 brick and limestone building. Library service was expanded from one level to three, creating a lower level community room with seating for 42; a first floor for adult, young adult and reference services; and a second floor ...
Mon, Tues & Fri: 10 am-6 pm Wed & Thurs: 1-8 pm Sat: 10 am-5 pmMaterials include those in Bulgarian, Spanish, Polish, Russian and Urdu. For more information, click here.