Jefferson Market Library, New York City

4.2
#1,146 of 1,694 in Things to do in New York City
The Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library, once known as the Jefferson Market Courthouse, is a National Historic Landmark located at 425 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue), on the southwest corner of West 10th Street, in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City, on a triangular plot formed by Greenwich Avenue and West 10th Street. It was originally built as the Third Judicial District Courthouse from 1874 to 1877, and was designed by architect Frederick Clarke Withers of the firm of Vaux and Withers.


Though faced with demolition in 1958, public outcry led to its reuse as a branch of the New York Public Library. The building is now part of the New York City Landmark Preservation Commission's Greenwich Village Historic District, created in 1969. In addition, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and made a National Historic Landmark in 1977. The AIA Guide to New York City calls the building "A mock Neuschwansteinian assemblage ... of leaded glass, steeply sloping roofs, gables, pinnacles, Venetian Gothic embellishments, and an intricate tower and clock; one of the City's most remarkable buildings."
Start your trip to New York City by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
Source
Create an itinerary including Jefferson Market Library
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Jefferson Market Library Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
28 reviews
Google
4.4
TripAdvisor
  • Wonderful that this splendid landmark with its Venetian Gothic style spires and turrets was saved from destruction by dedicated local campaigners. In the past, the tower had a bell to warn of fire...  more »
Google
  • Love this place - historic building, great staff and best of all those fantastic daily handwritten quotes: everyone from Sigmund Freud to Zora Neale Hurston to Marcel Proust. Totally inspiring. Thank you!
  • This is a beautiful Hogwarts-like library, my favorite in the city. Friendly librarians! Ascend a spiral staircase surrounded by stained-glass windows to get to the Adult reading room. The building used to be a courthouse, and is now an NYC landmark. (Unfortunately the building will be closed for renovations on April 1, 2019 but will reopen about 3 months later.)

Plan your trip to New York City

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Parks in New York City

4.7
Duration:3 h
4.8
Duration:30 min
3.4
Duration:2 h

Shopping in New York City

See all ›
4.3
Duration:2 h
4.7
Duration:2 h
4.2
Duration:1 h 30 min
4.9
Duration:1 h 30 min

Nearby attractions in New York City

4.7
Duration:1 h 30 min
4.7
Duration:2 h 30 min
4.6
Duration:2 h
4.7
Duration:2 h 30 min
4.9
Duration:4 h
4.5
Duration:2 h
4.9
Duration:30 min
4.5
Duration:2 h 30 min