Plan Your Visit: Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library's Treasures
We look forward to welcoming you to the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures, now on view at the Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Below are a few tips to help you get the most out of your visit, including what to bring with you, how to get here, accessibility information, the Treasures Audio Guide, exhibition tours, and exploring NYPL.
What to Bring with You
- Mask for your safety—you must wear one at all times during your visit. Visitors not wearing a mask will not be permitted to enter the Library.
- Your timed ticket, either printed or on your mobile device.
- Headphones to enjoy the Treasures Audio Guide in English, español (Spanish), and in English with verbal descriptions on your mobile device.
- If you bring large bags or other oversized items, they must be checked before entering the exhibition. Coat check services are available at the 42nd Street entrance to the Library.
- We ask that you refrain from bringing strollers into Gottesman Hall unless essential. Please inquire with staff onsite about solutions for storing your stroller or with any additional concerns.
- Enter the exhibition via the steps at the main entrance to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue or via the accessible 42nd Street entrance.
- Visitors are not permitted to bring any beverages, liquids, water bottles, or food into the Library.
- Please note that any large bags, luggage, and other oversized items (in excess of 24” x 16” x 10”) must be checked at the 42nd Street entrance.
- Umbrellas must be checked or placed inside your bag or in the protective plastic bags provided by the Library.
- We encourage visitors to check their coats and other outerwear.
- Carts, large bags, bags on wheels, backpacks, or collections of bags that are in excess of 24” x 16” x 12” are prohibited at the Library and cannot be deposited in the checkroom.
- All Library visitors must submit all books, bags, briefcases, and other containers for inspection upon exiting the building, including those that were checked during your visit.
- Present your printed ticket or email confirmation at the check-in desk in Astor Hall. Please note that due to capacity limits in Gottesman Hall, it may not be possible for you to be admitted to the exhibition outside of your reserved time slot. Early or late entry will be considered at the Library’s discretion based on safety protocols.
- Please be prepared for a short wait between lining up and entering the show, especially during busy times such as weekend afternoons.
Getting to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the Library’s flagship location, is a landmark Beaux-Arts building, located at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, which houses outstanding research collections in the humanities and social sciences. Find us.
476 Fifth Avenue (at 42nd Street), New York, NY 10018
- B/D/F/M/7 train to 42 Street–Bryant Park/Fifth Avenue
- 1/2/3/N/Q/R/W train to Times Square–42 Street
- 4/5/6 train to Grand Central–42 Street
M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M7, M42, and M55 buses all stop outside or near the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
The New York Public Library strives to ensure that everyone has access to the full range of information, services, and programs that are offered at the Library. Learn more.
All public service units of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building 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.
Large print label text for the exhibition is available onsite—please inquire at the information desk on arrival. The Treasures Audio Guide offers a tour of some of the many highlights of the Polonsky Exhibition and is accessible on mobile devices in English, español (Spanish), and in English with verbal descriptions.The audio guide with verbal descriptions contains full image descriptions of every item on the audio tour and can be accessed online on any mobile device with an internet connection. There is free Wi-Fi service (“AudioGuide_Treasures”) available in Gottesman Hall. The Treasures Audio Guide also includes a complete transcription of every stop on the tour.
There are benches throughout Gottesman Hall for patrons to use.
While food and drink are not permitted in the Library, patrons will be able to reenter the exhibition should they need to leave temporarily.
For more information or for an accommodation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the accessibility of NYPL websites and mobile applications, see our Web & Mobile Accessibility Policy.
Treasures Audio Guide
The Treasures Audio Guide is available on all mobile devices, onsite or from anywhere, in English, español (Spanish), and in English with verbal descriptions. It offers expert analysis by curators and special guests of some of the many highlights of the Polonsky Exhibition. Please note you will need to bring your own device—and headphones!
Onsite, you will be able to connect to our free “AudioGuide_Treasures” Wi-Fi.
- The audio guide in English is hosted by actress, playwright, and Library Lion Anna Deavere Smith.
- La audioguía en español es presentada por el novelista, periodista y productor de radio Daniel Alarcón.
- The audio guide in English with verbal descriptions also includes the full interpretive commentary hosted by Anna Deavere Smith.
Free 45-minute tours of the Polonsky Exhibition will take place Monday to Saturday at 12:30 and 3:30 PM, and on Sundays at 1:30 and 3:30 PM. Please note:
- The tour is limited to the first 15 people who sign up.
- Registration will be available in Astor Hall, where the tour convenes, 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour.
- You must already have a free timed ticket to the exhibition to take the tour.
While you’re here! Discover the flagship building of The New York Public Library—one of the world’s great libraries.
A magnificent example of the Beaux-Arts style of architecture, this library has symbolized the democratic ideal of free and open access to knowledge since it opened to the public in 1911. Today, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building welcomes millions of visitors a year from across the world who find inspiration in its majestic public spaces, unparalleled research collections, and vibrant programs and exhibitions.
Things to do:
- Explore the landmarked Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
- Take a free, docent-led tour of the building (60 mins) or the historic Rose Main Reading Room (15 mins). Learn more.
- Visit the Library Shop in Astor Hall—or shop online anytime.
- Meet Patience and Fortitude—the Library’s iconic marble lions—outside the building on Fifth Avenue.
- Looking to browse or borrow books? Head across the street and visit the all-new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), located at 40th Street and Fifth Avenue. Reopened in July 2021 following a full-scale renovation, our largest circulating branch features dedicated centers for kids and teens, visit our rooftop terrace, and grab a coffee and a pastry at The Library Café by Amy’s Bread.
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Reserve your free timed tickets, explore the exhibition online, discover public programs, listen to the Treasures Audio Guide, and more.