9 West 124th Street
New York, NY 10027-5699
Fully accessible to wheelchairs
Library Manager: Donna Murphy
Recalling the beginning of his illustrious career, actor/playwright Ossie Davis fondly described the Harlem Branch as "the only home I had ... the very temple of my existence, my craft, the place that trained me, the first institution to welcome me." The Harlem Branch has been welcoming community residents since 1826 when Harlem was an isolated village. The library was one of the first to be incorporated into the extensive New York Public Library branch system. Andrew Carnegie's gift supported the construction of a new building designed by the noted architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White, which the branch has occupied since 1909. This three-story classical building is wheelchair accessible and features large arched windows and an elegant marble staircase.
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