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.

Current Exhibitions

  • Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library's Treasures

    Ongoing
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
  • A Dickens Christmas

    Through January 8, 2023
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

    This holiday season, the Library is celebrating with a special installation featuring Dickens’s heavily annotated…

  • Fortune and Folly in 1720

    Through February 19, 2023
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

    Fortune and Folly in 1720 chronicles the spectacular rise and fall of the first international bubble economy. The Mississippi…

  • Focus Center Stage: 50 Years of the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive

    Through February 25, 2023
    The 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.

  • Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars

    Through March 4, 2023
    The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
    The first large-scale exhibition featuring previously unseen and unheard work from Lou Reed’s archive.
  • Virginia Woolf: A Modern Mind

    Through March 5, 2023
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

    Virginia Woolf dedicated her literary life to the examination of the human character, whether in essays, short stories, and novels,…

  • Been Seen

    Ongoing
    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    Highlighting the work of Harlem-based photographer Austin Hansen (1910 -1996) and the experiences of Black photographers to illuminate the…
  • Boundless: 10 Years of Seeding Black Comic Futures

    Ongoing
    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    The exhibition celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s Black Comic Book Festival and…

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Past Exhibitions

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