Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018
917-275-6975
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Enter the building via the main entrance on Fifth Avenue, or the accessible entrances at 40th Street and 42nd Street.

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10 AM–6 PM
Day Date Hours
Monday 6/17 10 AM–6 PM
Tuesday 6/18 10 AM–8 PM
Wednesday 6/19 CLOSED
Thursday 6/13 10 AM–6 PM
Friday 6/14 10 AM–6 PM
Saturday 6/15 10 AM–6 PM
Sunday 6/16 CLOSED

The New York Public Library’s flagship location, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, is one of the Library’s premier research centers, renowned for its extraordinary historical collections and its commitment to providing free and equal access to its resources. 

Some reading rooms, including the historic Rose Main Reading Room, are open to the public for research and quiet study without an appointment while some collections require advance consultation with staff and/or an appointment to view.

To find out if you need to make an appointment for your research needs and more about how to view our collections, please explore our divisions and centers below. If you are not sure which division is right for your research, please contact Ask NYPL for assistance. Read the general regulations for our research centers.

Please Note: As part of the Library's Midtown Renovation, we are in the process of upgrading, renovating, and adding more public space to the Schwarzman Building to prepare this historic library for future research, exhibitions, and programs. We remain focused on limiting the impact of this work on public service, but we do ask for patience and understanding in instances of noise or any other disruption during your visit.

 

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Accessibility Details

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 42nd Street, and a street-level accessible entrance is available at 40th Street. All levels of the building are accessible by an elevator at the north end of the building.

If you require an additional accommodation on site, please speak to a staff member. For more information or for an accommodation, please email accessibility@nypl.org. To learn more about the accessibility of NYPL websites and mobile applications, see our Web & Mobile Accessibility Policy.

Please Note:

  • As part of the Library's Midtown Renovation, we are in the process of upgrading, renovating, and adding more public space to the Schwarzman Building to prepare this historic library for future research, exhibitions, and programs. Currently, we are working on upgrades to the building’s cooling tower and HVAC system, as well as improvements to building circulation and flow with the addition of a new elevator and staircase. We remain focused on limiting the impact of this work on public service, but we do ask for patience and understanding in instances of noise or any other disruption during your visit.

     
  • Due to new Library policy, e-bikes, e-scooters, and electronic transportation devices are not permitted inside any NYPL location. This does not apply to mobility aids.