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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Nabokov Voice Over

00:42

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



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Elvis Costello

01:05

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

Chinatown Branch

01:19

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

Phone Research Room

01:09

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

What I Learned At The Library

00:13

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

The Role of The Library

00:46

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

Photos and Conveyer Belt

00:55

Staff work to sort archival photos, and man the book return conveyer belt at the NYPL.