LIVE from NYPL: Covid Protocol

We are excited to welcome you back to LIVE from NYPL in person. As we gather together, your health and safety is of the utmost importance.

Starting January 3, 2022, patrons age 12 and older that wish to attend LIVE from NYPL will be required to show proof they are fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine approved for use or authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO). Patrons age 5-11 that wish to attend LIVE from NYPL programs will be required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine approved for use or authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO.

People who fail to comply will not be authorized for entry.


Acceptable Proof of Vaccination  may include:

  • NYC COVID Safe App NYS Excelsior Pass
  • CDC Vaccination Card (or photo)
  • NYC Vaccination Record
  • An official immunization record from outside NYC or the U.S

If you received the vaccine outside the U.S., you must have an official immunization record that includes:

  • First name and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Vaccine product name (only vaccines authorized by the WHO are acceptable and include: AstraZeneca/SK Bioscience, Serum Institute of India/COVISHIELD and Vaxzevria, Sinopharm or Sinovac)
  • Date(s) administered
  • Site where the vaccine was administered, or name of the person who administered it

NYPL staff will ask to see your proof of vaccination and ID upon entry to the event. We will never store or share your information.


Anyone (staff, visitors, vendors, or contractors) entering a Library building must put on a face-covering before entering the building and must continue to wear their face covering while in the building. This includes, but is not limited to, common areas such as elevators, lobbies, lounge spaces, bathrooms, and shared workspaces.  Face coverings must be worn completely covering your nose and mouth and secured under your chin.

As per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), face coverings should be made from two or more layers to offer the most protection. N95 respirators without exhalation valves, surgical masks and cloth face coverings are considered acceptable. N95 respirators and cycling/pollution masks with exhalation valves are NOT considered acceptable. According to current guidance by the CDC and NYS and NYC DOH, these masks and coverings DO NOT sufficiently protect others from the wearer’s respiratory droplets.

Food and drink

At events where refreshments are for sale, NYPL will provide a designated space for consuming food and drink where masks can be removed while audience members are actively eating. Upon entering the seating area masks must again be worn at all times.


LIVE from NYPL events will be held at full capacity. Audience may be seated directly next to each other.

Cleaning and Ventilation

NYPL has adjusted HVAC systems to improve ventilation performance and staff continue to perform routine Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment assessments, plus cleaning and disinfection at all locations.

Covid 19 Symptoms and Exposure

Before attending an event at NYPL, please consider whether you have or suspect you have come into close contact with a person with Covid 19 in the last 7 days and/or if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Contact us at with questions or to cancel or reschedule your registration.

Those that do not abide by any health and safety protocols will be denied entry or removed from the facility. All policies are subject to change at NYPL’s sole discretion and without notice. By attending an event at the library, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold the New York Public Library, its Trustees, officers, agent and employees liable for any illness or injury.