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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Funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), JustFilms/Ford Foundation, Independent Television Service (ITVS), Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, The Pershing Square Foundation, LEF Moving Image, Kanopy, and from viewers like you. Fiscal Sponsorship provided by Utah Film Center.

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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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Phone Research Room


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

Job Fair


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

Photos and Conveyer Belt


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

Nabokov Voice Over


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

Chinatown Branch


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

Elvis Costello


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