1911 - The New York Public Library opened.
The New York Public Library (NYPL), one of three public library systems serving New York City, is one of the leading libraries in the United States. The other New York public systems are those of Brooklyn and Queens.
The Public Library's main building on Fifth Avenue (GPS +40.75270 -073.98180 ) (image, right) is the crowning achievement of the Beaux-Arts architectural firm of Carrere and Hastings. Its status as one of the world's leading libraries is confirmed by its possession of (for instance) a Gutenberg Bible and a Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica.