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Twenty-six journalists visited the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library (NYPL) on a May 12, 2022 Foreign Press Center tour.  The NYPL with 92 locations and 56 million items is the nation’s largest library system and the fourth largest in the world.  The NYPL receives approximately 16 million visits through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its online resources.  The president, Tony Marx, spoke to the group about the library’s extensive multilingual resources, including books in over sixty languages through its World Languages Collection; multilingual storytimes; ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) and citizenship classes; and research materials representing other countries.  Journalists also toured the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures, with Declan Kiely, the library’s Director of Special Collections and Exhibitions.  

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