The Library of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen will be closed during the daytime for the restoration of our historic Library Skylight. While Library operations will be suspended, the space will remain open for Public Lecture Programs which take place in the evening. 

Please consider supporting us as a “Friend of The General Society Library” as we undertake this important restoration.

Welcome to the Library of The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen.

Founded in 1820, The General Society Library is the second-oldest library in New York City and one of three remaining membership circulating libraries. It serves the educational programs of The General Society. It also makes its extensive collections available to other institutions and the public. The book and periodical collections of the Library span two centuries and are suited to both scholarly research and recreational reading. Its archives date back to 1785. Library members also enjoy access to current fiction, biography and non-fiction.

The Library space is host to our 185-year old lecture series. The Labor, Literature and Landmarks Series continues a tradition of public lectures that started at the Society in 1837. The Series brings people of diverse interests from the entire New York area into our Library space. Now in its twelfth season, the Artisan Lecture Series pays tribute to the art of craftsmanship by featuring master artisans who lecture about the intricacies of their specialized crafts. The Artisan Lecture Series promotes the work and art of skilled craftsmen to assist in ensuring their unique knowledge is understood and carried forth for future generations.

The General Society is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. Donations are deductible for income tax purposes to the full extent of the law. The tax identification number is 13-1624013. 

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