About the Film
Still from EX LIBRIS
Frederick Wiseman’s film, EX LIBRIS – The New York Public Library, goes behind the scenes of one of the greatest knowledge institutions in the world and reveals it as a place of welcome, cultural exchange and learning.
With 92 locations throughout Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, the library is committed to being a resource for all the inhabitants of this multifaceted and cosmopolitan city, and beyond. The New York Public Library exemplifies the deeply rooted American belief in the individual’s right to know and be informed. It is one of the most democratic institutions in America – everyone is welcome. The Library strives to inspire learning, advance knowledge and strengthen communities.
About Frederick Wiseman
Frederick Wiseman has made 41 documentaries and two fiction films. Among his documentaries are TITICUT FOLLIES, WELFARE, PUBLIC HOUSING, NEAR DEATH, LA COMÉDIE FRANÇAISE OU L'AMOUR JOUÉ, LA DANSE—LE BALLET DE L'OPÉRA DE PARIS, and AT BERKELEY. His documentaries are dramatic, narrative films that seek to portray the joy, sadness, comedy and tragedy of ordinary experience. He has won numerous awards including four Emmys, a MacArthur Prize Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His films have played in theaters and been broadcast on television in many countries. He is also a theatre director and has directed THE LAST LETTER, based on a chapter of Vasily Grossman's novel LIFE AND FATE, and Samuel Beckett’s HAPPY DAYS at the Comédie Française. He is an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2016 he was the recipient of an Honorary Oscar, from the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.