General Information

General Information

Where do LIVE from NYPL events take place?

LIVE from NYPL events take place at The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, located on Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street, New York, N.Y. 10018. 

What time do LIVE from NYPL events begin? What time should I arrive?

All LIVE from NYPL events begin promptly at 7 PM, unless otherwise noted. We recommend arriving twenty minutes before the scheduled start time to get to your seats. In order to minimize disturbances to other audience members, late seating is up to the discretion of Library staff.

Is there assigned seating?

No. All LIVE from NYPL events are general admission. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Is NYPL wheelchair accessible?

Yes. The 42nd Street side entrance (between 5th and 6th Avenues) is wheelchair accessible.

Will there be assisted listening devices?

All events in the Celeste Bartos Forum offer on-site assistive hearing devices. Ask a box office associate for more information when you arrive.

Will books be available to purchase at the event? Will there be a signing?

Yes. Guests' books will be available to purchase onsite courtesy of the Library Shop. Typically, events are followed by a book signing. 

What is the phone number/email address for LIVE from the NYPL?

Phone: 212 930 0855 (General LIVE Offices, not box office)



Ticket and Membership Information

How do I purchase tickets for LIVE from NYPL?

All LIVE from NYPL tickets are purchased through Showclix, either online or on the phone at 1-888-71-TICKETS.

You will be able to print tickets at home, show on your mobile device, or check in with the ticket holder's name the night of the event.

What if I want to attend several events?

LIVE is now offering subscriptions!  Buy tickets to any 5 events this season and enjoy our special $125 subscription discount.

Do you have a rush ticket policy?

$25 rush tickets are often available the day of the event. Sign up for standby rush tickets at the box office as early as 6 PM. If the event isn't sold out, tickets will be available on the spot. If the event is sold out, we still encourage you to come, as last minute tickets may become available shortly before the event begins.

What are the benefits of becoming a Friend of The New York Public Library?

There are many benefits to becoming a Friend of the Library, including discounted tickets to LIVE from NYPL and access to exclusive pre-sales on LIVE events. Click here for more information on benefits and to join, or call the FRIENDS Office at 212-930-0653.

How can I stay informed about upcoming LIVE programs, news, and guest updates?

Subscribing to LIVE from NYPL's email newsletter is the best way to hear about the latest LIVE news. Sign up here.

I purchased tickets but cannot attend the program. Can I have a refund?

All LIVE from NYPL tickets are non-refundable. If you would like to donate your ticket or give it as a gift to someone else, please contact the LIVE offices at  for more information.

I am a journalist and would like to cover an event. How can I request press credentials?

For all LIVE from NYPL press inquiries, please contact Sara Beth Joren in the Press Office at Please note, all press credentials MUST be arranged in advance of the event.

Are recordings or transcripts available for past LIVE programs?

Yes! Most LIVE from NYPL programs are taped, and you can find video and audio recordings of past events here.


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