Working at NYPL: Employee Benefits

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The New York Public Library offers an extensive benefits package which is very competitive with the nation’s leading libraries and other cultural organizations. The Library’s customized plans support the diversity of our employees by offering a wealth of resources and services. From health and wellness to supporting a positive work/life balance, we strive to meet the needs of our employees’ well-being.



Comprehensive Benefits Package

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Full time non union and union employees are eligible for the following benefits:

  • Medical, Vision, Dental and Prescription Coverage for you and your eligible dependents (no waiting period)
  • Annual Leave
    • 3 weeks for newly hired full time union employees (prorated for part time union employees)
    • 4 Weeks for newly hired full time non union employees
  • Sick Leave
  • Floating Holidays
  • 11 Paid Federal Holidays
  • New York State and Local Retirement System (NYSLRS) & other Retirement Savings Options



Wellness & Work-Life Balance



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The Library offers many exciting programs to encourage employee wellness. Our employee assistance program offers a variety of services to all employees and their family members, including:

  • Licensed counselors help with stress, depression, family issues, substance abuse and more
  • Provider searches for primary care doctors, specialists, and mental health providers
  • Assistance with financial and legal questions

We also offer the following:

For FT Non Union and Union Employees

  • Pre-tax transit and parking benefits
  • Backup child and elder care (and referrals for long-term solutions)
  • Options of Pre-tax flexible spending plans

For all employees

  • Discounts for the entire family, including computers and electronics, tickets to cultural events, sporting events, theme parks and more
  • Employee discount at the Library Retail Shop
  • Access to LIVE@NYPL and Library After Hours events
  • Wellness resources and workshops



Planning for Your Future

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To help our employees build a financially secure future for themselves and family members, the Library participates in The New York State and Local Employees Retirement System (NYSLRS) or the New York State Voluntary Defined Contribution Plan (if eligible). Employees contribute a percentage of their gross salary on a pre-tax basis towards their retirement. If employees wish to save additional tax deferred dollars, the Library offers additional voluntary retirement savings programs.



Professional Development

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We offer a variety of tools to help grow your career at NYPL including:

  • In-house professional development opportunities
  • Make a difference to your workplace by volunteering to support Employee Resource Groups, Librarian Think Tanks and more!
  • Tuition Assistance - financial support to help reach educational goals by covering a portion of tuition expenses of a college education or continuing education


The Transparency in Coverage Final Rules require certain group health plans to disclose on a public website information regarding in-network provider rates and historical out-of -network allowed amounts and billed charges for covered items and services in two separate machine-readable files (MRFs). UnitedHealthcare creates and publishes the Machine-Readable Files on behalf of The New York Public Library. To link to the Machine-Readable Files, please click on the URL provided:

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