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Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Tours



The Library’s docent-led tours are an excellent way to see highlights of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. They are also the only way to get group access to many of the Library’s must-see spaces—including the Rose Main Reading Room and the Library’s exhibitions.

Unauthorized tours are not permitted. Unauthorized tours include any tours that are not led by an official docent of The New York Public Library. Please contact for more information or to learn how to schedule a tour with a Library docent.

Building Tours | Exhibition Tours

Free one-hour tours of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building begin at 11 AM and 2 PM on Monday through Saturdays, and at 2 PM on Sundays. (Please keep in mind that The Schwarzman Building is closed on Sundays in July and August). Tours meet at the reception desk in Astor Hall. Tours are available on a first come basis and are limited to 25 people.   

Group Tours

Group tours are available by appointment only and must be scheduled at least 8 weeks advance. This includes tours of the building or exhibitions for 10 or more visitors, including middle school and high school students.

Group tour fees are: $10 per person, $7 for seniors, and free for full-time students. Call 212.930.0650 or email for reservations and more information. 

Grades 2-6 School Group Visits and Day Camp Groups

Free tours for 2nd-6th grade student groups are available by appointment only and must be scheduled at least 8 weeks in advance. For more information, please call the Children’s Center at 212.621.0208. 

Grades 7-8 School Group Visits

See Group Tours for building tour requests. For educational outreach tours and classes, please contact the General Research Division at .

Grades 9-12, College, and Graduate School Groups

The Library welcomes research orientations for high school, college, and graduate student groups. These visits are available by appointment only and must be scheduled at least 6 weeks in advance. For research orientation visits, please contact and we will get back to you with availability. For building tours only (no research orientation), please email

Access for Persons with Disabilities

All public service units of the Library are wheelchair accessible. A ramp entrance to the building is located at the 42nd Street entrance. All levels of the building are accessible by an elevator at the north end of the building.

Don't forget! The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is a working research library.

• No food or drink
• Silence your phone
• Remain quiet in all reading rooms
• No flash photography