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The New York Public Library Lions – Pic of the Week

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In one of the latest blog team meetings, Betty and I discovered that not only had we both made recent trips to New York, but we also made visiting the New York Public Library (NYPL) a main part of our sightseeing itinerary. The choice of location likely comes as no surprise, as the NYPL is the largest public library system in the United States, and holds an iconic status even for those of us who do not live in New York, not least because it has been featured in a multitude of movies and television shows over the years.

Betty and I were both able to get pictures of the two lions guarding the front of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (the NYPL’s “flagship building”). These lions, named Patience and Fortitude, have become the mascots of the NYPL, and “are trademarked by the Library, represented in its logo, and featured at major occasions.”

Patience the Lion at the New York Public Library
Patience the Lion at the New York Public Library / Photograph by Betty Lupinacci


Fortitude the Lion at the New York Public Library
Fortitude the Lion at the New York Public Library / Photograph by Barbara Bavis

For our readers who are in the New York City area, the NYPL offers many options for legal and legislative researchers. As noted in the blog post “Legal Resources at NYPL and Elsewhere in New York City,” the Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) is likely the best branch in which to begin your legal research.


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