Jefferson Market Library
New York NY 10011
- Mon: 10am-8pm
- Tue: 10am-8pm
- Wed: 10am-8pm
- Thu: 10am-8pm
- Fri: 10am-5pm
- Sat: 10am-5pm
- Sun: 1pm-5pm
Once known as Jefferson Market Courthouse, Jefferson Market Library is a small branch of the New York Public Library in New York City. Architecture-lovers will marvel at the intricate clock tower, sloping roofs, and Gothic adornments. Book-lovers will appreciate this stop on their tour of the West Village with good-old-fashioned book scavenging. Ol' Jeff, the fire bell, strikes the hours from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Parking and public transportation at Jefferson Market Library
Parking can be hard to find on Sixth Avenue. Walking or taking the A, B, C, D, E, F or M subway lines to W 4 St Station is preferable.
Best and worst times to go to Jefferson Market Library
The best time for complete silence is when the library opens in the morning to 2 p.m. (when children are out of school). The library opens at 10 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, it opens at 11 a.m. Avoid the library on Sundays because it is closed.
Admission to Jefferson Market Library
It is free to enter and roam the library, but be aware you can only check out books if you own a NYC library card. The entrance is located on the corner of Sixth Avenue (also known as Avenue of the Americas) and W 10th Street.
Must see/do at Jefferson Market Library
The Children's Reading Room is a great place for parents to relax in a cushioned chair and let the kids wander. The library also hosts book discussions on the last Thursday of every month. News of other events, such as craft time for preschoolers, music and educational programs, are posted on their website.
Other places to visit near Jefferson Market Library
Lenny's, on the corner of Sixth Avenue and W 9th Street, is great for freshly-made sandwiches and salads. Jefferson Market Garden, a pristine community garden, is located just behind the library, but is only open during the spring and summer. There are also a plethora of restaurants, bars and retail stores in this neighborhood. Duane Reade down the street may be useful for the on-the-go traveler.
Insider tip for visitors to Jefferson Market Library
Jefferson Market Library does not have a public restroom, a coveted necessity for us all. Many restaurants in the city allow restroom access for customers only, but some in this neighborhood will allow pedestrians in for emergencies.
Emilia Navarro is a Brooklyn-based travel writer. When she's not roaming another city, she's scouring NYC for hidden gems.