Ex Libris – The New York Public Library

Frederick Wiseman’s film, Ex Libris – The New York Public Library, goes behind the scenes of one of the greatest knowledge institutions in the world and reveals it as a place of welcome, cultural exchange and learning. With 92 branches throughout Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, the library is a resource for all the inhabitants of this multifaceted and cosmopolitan city, and beyond.

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Quiet Library


A range of New York Public Library patrons makes use of the library's resources.

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Nabokov Voice Over


Staff record the voice-over for a Nabokov novel, at the New York Public Library.

Elvis Costello


Part of an interview with Elvis Costello, at the New York Public Library.

Chinatown Branch


Library patrons get help with technology at the Chinatown branch of the NYPL.

Phone Research Room


At the New York Public Library, researchers help customers who call with questions.

What I Learned At The Library


A library patron talks about what he learned at the New York Public Library.

The Role of The Library


In a meeting, New York Public Library President, Anthony Marx, discusses library's role.