The People's Palace was originally created in 1991; this section of the film was updated in 2001 on the occasion of the reopening of the Library for the Performing Arts following a three-year, $38 million renovation.
The People's Palace, a production of Kunhardt Productions and Thirteen/WNET New York, paints a sweeping portrait of the Library, focusing on its history, its collections and research centers, and the individuals—past and present—charged with upholding its mission of collecting, preserving, and making accessible to a wide public the materials of human culture.
The picture that emerges is one of a vibrant, dynamic institution with a rich history that constantly looks toward the future and embraces new technologies that keep it at the forefront of information resources. The film aired on Thirteen/WNET New York on February 22, 2007.
The People's Palace is produced, directed, and written by Graham Judd. Executive producers are William R. Grant and Peter W. Kunhardt. Major funding for The People's Palace was provided by The Robertson Foundation and The Sidney Frank Foundation. Additional funding was provided by Arlyn & Edward L. Gardner, Rosalind P. Walter, Andrea Hope Smith, and John L. and Sue Ann Weinberg.