The New York Public Library (NYPL), founded in 1895, is the largest public library system in the United States of America with over eighty-eight neighbourhood branches and four scholarly research centres. The NYPL holds an expansive and impressive collection of over 51 million items ranging from books to e-books to "renowned research collections used by scholars from around the world". Not only does the Library provide over 18 million patrons with access to its physical resources but the NYPL also offers many free, educational opportunities for members of the community. With an immense online collection, the NYPL is committed to the digital realm and provides users worldwide with access to their tools and resources. With a massive manuscript collection including Renaissance and Early Modern materials, the NYPL offers numerous research opportunities to scholars of the period.