Ottendorfer Library

135 2nd avenue
New York

Ottendorfer Library

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A building that once housed the Freie Leseverein, a free "reading club." Now the building is used as the Ottendorfer branch of the New York Public Library. It memorializes Oswald Ottendorfer, who was the publisher of the city's leading German language newspapers, New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung. Donated to the city in 1884, it became the first branch of the New York Free Circulating library. It is currently the oldest branch of the New York Public Library that remains in its original building. The library contains an historic German language collection.


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