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Accessibility to Programs, Classes, and Exhibitions


The New York Public Library offers extensive programming including lectures, reading aloud, workshops, classes, book discussions and other types of events for all ages.

Most of The Library's 90 locations are fully accessible to persons using wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility aids. Individual library webpages will indicate if part of the library, such as a conference room, classroom or public restroom is not accessible.

A limited number of FM assistive amplification systems, which relay sound for those with hearing loss, are available and can be requested for use in any library with one week advance notice. If you would like to request an FM amplification system, contact the Outreach Office at 212-340-0951 or 212-340-0909, or e-mail

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning are offered at certain programs; this will be indicated in the listing on the Events webpage. ASL interpretation and CART captioning for other library events can be requested, allowing at least two weeks' advance notice. Requests can be made directly to the location hosting the event, or to the Outreach Office--call 212-340-0951 or 212-340-0909, or e-mail