As if the New York City vs. Boston rivlary needed any more ammunition, now comes evidence that Boston has a larger library too. Actually, according to the American Library
Association (ALA), the Boston Public Library ranks second (with 19,090,261 volumes held). And the famed New York Public Library – whose ASK NYPL online and phone (1-917-ASK-NYPL) reference service is world-renowned – ranks fourth (with 16,342,365 volumes held). Harvard University (with 16,832,952 volumes held) ranks third.