New York Public Library Is Lending Ties and Briefcases to People for Job Interviews

NYPL Grow Up Job Interview Work Fashion Library Riverside Library NY

Man adjusting tie (Photo: bondvit via Shutterstock)

Recently, the New York Public Library has gone above and beyond its role as a place to borrow books. In 2017, it transformed an underground train into a “Subway Library.” Earlier this year, it started facilitating free museum admission. And now, it's helping people dress up for job interviews with its “work fashion library.”

The library's Grow Up program lets teenagers and adults check out accessories that will help them look and feel their best on all kinds of big days. It offers ties, briefcases, and purses for interviews, auditions, and other important meetings, as well as bowties for formal events, like graduations, proms, and weddings.

To use this service, you simply need to pop by the library's Riverside branch and speak to a librarian. As long as you have low ($15 or less) or no fines to your name, you're free to borrow these accoutrements for a one-time, three-week period.

In addition to ties and bags, the Riverside library also offers career-related resources, including information sheets featuring job interview tips, as well as recommended reading for those seeking more advice on how to dress for success.

Want to learn more about the New York Public Library's engaging programs? Check out the Innovation Project, the driving force behind the Grow Up program and other “inventive solutions to organizational challenges.”

The NYPL Grow Up program's “work fashion library” at Riverside Library lets teenagers and adults borrow job interview accessories, including:


Neck Ties and Bowties

NYPL Grow Up Job Interview Work Fashion Library Riverside Library NY



NYPL Grow Up Job Interview Work Fashion Library Riverside Library NY



NYPL Grow Up Job Interview Work Fashion Library Riverside Library NY

Now anyone and everyone can dress for success.

All images via the New York Public Library unless otherwise stated.

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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