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Welcome to the Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, one of the Library’s renowned research libraries, houses one of the world's most extensive research collections in the fields of theatre, film, dance, music, and recorded sound, as well as a wide array of circulating and reference materials.
The Library is open for unlimited browsing of our circulating collections and on-site research services either for walk-in service or by appointment.
In order to request access to special collections material, users will need to create a Special Collections account. Although it's not required, we encourage patrons to make an appointment with the relevant division by clicking the Research tab above.
Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars
Exhibition on Display Through March 2023
Join the Library for the Performing Arts for Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars, the first large-scale exhibition featuring previously unseen and unheard work from Reed’s incredible archive—part of the Library's collections since 2017. The exhibition is curated by Don Fleming and Jason Stern.
Learn more about the exhibition and how to attend.
‘You Don’t Become Lou Reed Overnight.’ A New Exhibition Proves It.
— The New York Times
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Through March 4, 2023The New York Public Library for the Performing ArtsThe first large-scale exhibition featuring previously unseen and unheard work from Lou Reed’s archive.
Through February 25, 2023The 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.
Saturday, October 1 | 2 PM
Tuesday, October 4 | 12 PM
Thursday, October 6 | 5:30 PM
Friday, October 7 | 4:30 PM
Friday, October 14 | 4:30 PM
Friday, October 14 | 6:30 PM
About The Library for the Performing Arts
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts houses one of the world's most extensive combinations of circulating, reference, and rare archival collections in its field. These materials are available free of charge, along with a wide range of special programs, including exhibitions, seminars, and performances. An essential resource for everyone with an interest in the arts—whether professional or amateur—the Library is known particularly for its prodigious collections of non-book materials such as historic recordings, videotapes, autograph manuscripts, correspondence, sheet music, stage designs, press clippings, programs, posters and photographs. Discover more about The Library for the Performing Arts circulating, reference, and rare archival collections.Learn more about this location Learn about capital construction projects at this location