The New York Public Library offers free major exhibitions and special displays at three of its research library locations—the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Library for the Performing Arts, and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture—and community showcases at many of its branch locations throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.
OngoingStephen A. Schwarzman Building
Through January 8, 2023Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
This holiday season, the Library is celebrating with a special installation featuring Dickens’s heavily annotated…
Through February 19, 2023Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fortune and Folly in 1720 chronicles the spectacular rise and fall of the first international bubble economy. The Mississippi…
Through February 25, 2023The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
A look back at the archive, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Theatre on Film and Tape and how it affected theatre history.
Through March 4, 2023The New York Public Library for the Performing ArtsThe first large-scale exhibition featuring previously unseen and unheard work from Lou Reed’s archive.
Through March 5, 2023Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Virginia Woolf dedicated her literary life to the examination of the human character, whether in essays, short stories, and novels,…
OngoingSchomburg Center for Research in Black CultureHighlighting the work of Harlem-based photographer Austin Hansen (1910 -1996) and the experiences of Black photographers to illuminate the…
OngoingSchomburg Center for Research in Black CultureThe exhibition celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s Black Comic Book Festival and…
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February 23–August 19, 2023The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
The Library for the Performing Arts celebrates the long and colorful career of costume designer Willa Kim.
Community ShowcasesSee All
Join us for the exhibit, Nancy Macina: Paintings. The exhibition includes ten works, all oil on canvas, of various cityscapes. On…
Through December 31, 2024Hudson Park Library
An invitation to delve into the nooks and crannies of the “book” concept as an object and as a score that each reader must build from…
Through April 30, 2023Hudson Park Library
Virtual Photography Exhibition
Online ExhibitionsSee All
OngoingOnline OnlyStephen A. Schwarzman BuildingThis online exhibition presents a selection of Posada’s calaveras and announces the digitization of the entirety of the Library’s Posada…
OngoingOnline OnlyStephen A. Schwarzman Building
The lives of people who identify as LGBTQ+, more than those of others, have often historically been shaped by questions of visibility…
Online OnlyStephen A. Schwarzman BuildingAugusta Gregory has long been recognized as the woman who helped shape a new era of modern Irish literature at the turn of the 20th…
Past ExhibitionsSee All
All This Mine Alone: Lady Gregory and the Irish Literary Revival
We Were Beautiful Then, Too: Late 19th Century African American Cabinet Cards
In the 19th century, African Americans harnessed the power of photography to claim a self-possessed identity in line with middle class…