Secret Libraries of New York City

The main branch of the New York Public Library is undergoing a debate about a possible renovation. If it happens, there will be plenty of other branches to visit during the construction, but there are also many lesser-known libraries in New York that are not part of the public system. Atlas Obscura found quite a few, and just the names are fascinating. There’s the Conjuring Arts Research Center in Manhattan, a treasure trove of magic.

With over 12,000 books and artifacts, the Conjuring Arts Research Center invites visitors to learn the tricks of the secret trade. Manuscripts of magic methods dating back to the 15th century are available in the small library on 30th Street, as are magic props and ephemera of illusions from around the world.

There’s also libraries from General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, the Hispanic Society of America, the American Kennel Club, and more, as well as private libraries not dedicated to single subjects that are open to the public. You might find a new hangout in this list!

(Image credit: The Conjuring Arts Research Center)

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