Benefit Events


Events offer a unique way to experience the Library: host a table of clients at our black tie Library Lions gala or celebrate the great work happening in our branches at the annual Library Lunch.  Contributions to events are tax-deductible (excluding goods and services provided) and all proceeds ensure that we continue to advance The New York Public Library's mission of providing essential, free services to New Yorkers and the world at large. 

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Show your support for The New York Public Library by attending or sponsoring one of our remarkable benefit events!

Library Lions

Celebrating arts, letters, and scholarship, Library Lions is The New York Public Library’s largest annual event and one of the most anticipated evenings on New York City’s cultural calendar.

On Monday, November 4, 2024, we will induct our 2024 class of distinguished Lions - Spike Lee, Jon Meacham, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Amy Tan.  Stay tuned for the full roster of Lions for the 2024 Library Lions Gala.

Young Lions Benefit Party

Join us for the official after party of the renowned Library Lions Gala! An evening not to be missed–enjoy cocktails and passed bites as we dance the night away in celebration of the Library Lions and The New York Public Library.

Young Lions receive discounted to the Library Lions Gala, including the Benefit Party. Email to purchase tickets.

Library Lunch

Since 1981, the annual Library Lunch has brought together engaging speakers and the Library's closest friends to celebrate literature and culture.

The 2024 Lunch highlighted Food for Thoughtwill delve into the rich link between food and travel, and the promise of discovery, exploration, and connections . Once again moderated by David Remnick, this year's panel will include two authors providing unique and inspriring perspectives—Chinese cuisine cook and food writer, Fuchsia Dunlop, and editor in chief of Bon Appétit and Epicurious, Jamila Robinson. We will announce a third panelist to join them in the coming months. 

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The Young Lions Fiction Award

Established in 2001, The New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award is a $10,000 prize awarded each spring to a writer aged 35 or younger for a novel or a collection of short stories. Each year, five young fiction writers are selected as finalists by a reading committee of Young Lions members, writers, editors, and librarians. A panel of judges selects the winner. 

To learn more about this year's event, please visit our website or contact

Lecture Luncheon

This annual Lunch welcomes Library Friends in to hear from authors about their latest work.

Corporate Events

The Lawyers for the Library Committee is comprised of attorneys representing New York City's top law firms, who provide integral support for the Library's essential services and programs.

For additional information, please contact the Development Events office at 212.930.0671 or