Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks

Over the last decade, attendance at New York City libraries' free programs jumped 88 percent to 2.5 million.

A day in the life of New York City's public libraries: Traveling from borough to borough, this short documentary by Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks reveals just how important the modern library is for millions of people.

This article originally appeared on The Atlantic.

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. Maps

    The Three Personalities of America, Mapped

    People in different regions of the U.S. have measurably different psychological profiles.

  2. photo: An array of solar panels in Oakland, California.
    Environment

    When Residents Support Solar—Just ‘Not in My Backyard’

    While the American public broadly favors expanding renewable energy, that support doesn’t always extend to the photovoltaic panels next door.

  3. Life

    Talent May Be Shifting Away From Superstar Cities

    According to a new analysis, places away from the coasts in the Sunbelt and West are pulling ahead when it comes to attracting talented workers.

  4. photo: A Starship Technologies commercial delivery robot navigates a sidewalk.
    POV

    My Fight With a Sidewalk Robot

    A life-threatening encounter with AI technology convinced me that the needs of people with disabilities need to be engineered into our autonomous future.

  5. A male doctor in a white coat looks at a screen
    Life

    How AI Could Change the Highly-Skilled Job Market

    A new study uses artificial intelligence to find that jobs done by highly skilled workers are the most likely to be affected by AI.

×