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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Libraries, Historical Societies and Landmark Preservation

The New York Public Library

A cornerstone of the American tradition of equal opportunity

89.01

445 Fifth Avenue 4th Floor
New York, NY 10016
tel: (212) 930-0653   Web Site
EIN: 13-1887440

Board Leadership
Evan R. Chesler
Chairman

CEO
Anthony W. Marx
President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.01
  Financial 84.76
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of The New York Public Library is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities.

The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond, operating 90 libraries-including research and branch libraries-throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. The Library system offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years, with more than 18 million visits in Fiscal Year 2012. The New York Public Library also serves millions more around the globe online through its website and its extensive social media presence.

The mission of The New York Public Library is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities.

The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond, operating 90 libraries-including research and branch libraries-throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. The Library system offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years, with more than 18 million visits in Fiscal Year 2012. The New York Public Library also serves millions more around the globe online through its website and its extensive social media presence.

Financial

84.76

Accountability & Transparency

97.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
85.9%
  Administrative Expenses 10.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.35
  Program Expenses Growth 0.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 24.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The New York Public Library on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The New York Public Library on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The New York Public Library (NY) 89.01
Nantucket Atheneum (MA) 86.31
Madison Public Library Foundation (WI) 92.57
Houston Public Library Foundation (TX) 96.66
Louisville Free Public Library Foundation (KY) 87.37

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $48,085,859
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $5,075,678
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $281,370,731
Total Contributions $334,532,268
   Program Service Revenue $2,739,741
Total Primary Revenue $337,272,009
   Other Revenue $56,147,146
TOTAL REVENUE $393,419,155
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $287,542,274
   Administrative Expenses $30,976,110
   Fundraising Expenses $10,930,361
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $329,448,745
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $63,970,410
   
Net Assets $1,596,544,412

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Branch Libraries $177,596,794 61.8%
Research Libraries $109,945,480 38.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 02/01/2021 89.01
2018-06 02/01/2020 90.16
2017-06 02/01/2019 91.19
2016-06 02/01/2018 91.41
2015-06 12/01/2016 91.76
2014-06 06/01/2016 92.65
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 90.79
2013-06 02/01/2015 95.66
2012-06 11/01/2013 93.15
2011-06 09/01/2012 94.13
2010-06 11/01/2011 94.69
2009-06 09/20/2011 94.96
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 97.58
2008-06 10/01/2009 92.98
2007-06 04/01/2009 89.26
2006-06 04/01/2008 91.70
2005-06 07/01/2006 87.51
2004-06 07/01/2005 80.03
2003-06 06/01/2004 82.72
2002-06 09/01/2003 92.17

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 13-1887440
Name in IRS Master File THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY ASTOR LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS
NTEE Code B70
NTEE Classification Libraries
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (61) Library
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date November, 1934
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$812,374 0.24% Anthony W. Marx President And CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The New York Public Library (NY) 89.01
Madison Public Library Foundation (WI) 92.57
Ridgefield Library Association (CT) 85.37
The Library Foundation (OR) 90.71
Chicago Public Library Foundation (CPLF) (IL) 85.88

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Charity Contact Info

The New York Public Library
445 Fifth Avenue
4th Floor
New York, NY 10016
tel: (212) 930-0653
EIN: 13-1887440

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Board Leadership

Evan R. Chesler
Chairman

CEO

Anthony W. Marx
President

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