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

01:00

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



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Phone Research Room

01:09

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

Job Fair

01:40

A job fair is in progress at the New York Public Library.

Photos and Conveyer Belt

00:55

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

Nabokov Voice Over

00:42

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

Chinatown Branch

01:19

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

Elvis Costello

01:05

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