Employee Engagement Opportunities

The New York Public Library offers a range of employee engagement opportunities, perfect for team-building and fullfilling Corporate Social Responsibility objectives. Depending on your company’s level of membership, the Library can facilitate group volunteer projects, diversity and inclusion workshops, as well as behind-the-scenes tours of our world-renowned collections throughout our 92 locations in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Current opportunities include:

Exclusive Discounts

Library Shop

  • All Corporate Partners are eligible to receive a 10% discount at the Library Shop, located at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. To take advantage of your discount, simply show your company ID or business card at checkout. An online discount code is also available; please email corporate@nypl.org for more details.

LIVE from the NYPL (Corporate Patrons & Above)

Private Docent-Led Tours

Private docent-led tours of the Library are available to Corporate Patrons and above. Please email corporate@nypl.org for more details or to book a tour.

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

  • Want to learn more about the Library's history? A private, docent-led tour is a great way for you and your colleagues to experience the Library's world renowned collections at the landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, located at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Tours cover the rich history of the Schwarzman Building as well as the Library's priceless collections—from Charles Dickens' desk to a Gutenberg Bible from the 1450's. Building tours may be combined with a tour of the building's latest exhibition.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

  • A focal point of Harlem's cultural life, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is recognized as one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. A tour of the Schomburg Center is a great way to learn more about the rich history of the Schomburg Center, as well as experience the Schomburg’s priceless collections—from the largest black LGBTQ archive to Maya Angelou’s papers. uilding tours may be combined with a tour of the building's latest exhibition.

Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

  • The Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center houses one of the world's most extensive combinations of circulating, reference, and rare archival collections in its field. An essential resource for everyone with an interest in the arts, the Library is known particularly for its prodigious collections of non-book materials such as historic recordings, sheet music, stage designs, press clippings, programs, posters and photographs. Building tours may be combined with a tour ofthe building's latest exhibition.

Invitations to Members-Only Events

RSVPs are required for the following events. All invitations to members-only events are non-transferable. Only guests listed at the door will be permitted to attend. Please contact corporate@nypl.org if you are interested in attending.

Library After Hours Priority Access (Corporate Patrons & Above)

  • The Library has a new monthly series, The Library After Hours. On select Fridays, we will be hosting themed evenings featuring music, food, drinks, performances, and behind-the-scenes access to our collections. Corporate Partners are invited to skip the long lines by registering for Priority Access to each event. To register, email corporate@nypl.org with event date, guest names, and company affiliation. Due to high interest, pre-registration for Corporate Partners’ Priority Access is limited and will be honored on a first come, first served basis. On the night of the event, pre-registered Priority Access guests may enter from 6:30–7 PM. 

VIP Exhibition Openings (Corporate Patrons & Above)

  • Join the Library for a sneak peek of our new exhibitions before they open to the public. Featuring special presentations by expert curators, as well as light refreshments and beverages, this event provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the Library's priceless collections and acquisitions in a more intimate setting.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

All projects can accommodate groups ranging from 5-25 volunteers. Please email corporate@nypl.org for more details or if your team is interested in volunteering.

Organizing archives in the Art & Architecture Division (Corporate Sustainers & Above)

  • Volunteers spend a morning or afternoon sorting and alphabetizing unsorted materials on individual artists. The sorting process is the first step in archiving unique materials related to individual artists. This serves as major help for librarians to organize the materials and aid patrons—including from local high schools and other educational institutions—in conducting primary research using the Library’s vast collections. This collection focuses on painters, sculptors, and architects of all levels of importance and fame, and perhaps its greatest strength and what really sets it apart is its inclusion of both popular and lesser-known artists - so there is a real trove of undiscovered or underutilized material. The files are uncatalogued and there are, as yet, no references to them in our printed or online catalogs—this archiving activity takes the collection one step closer to being more accessible to the community. 

Archiving Community Oral History Projects (Corporate Sustainers & Above)

  • The Library’s Community Oral History Project aims to document, preserve, and celebrate individuals’ experiences living in New York City.  This spring, the Library is launching an exciting new campaign surrounding the Together We Listen project which seeks to make 1,500+ hours of personal stories from theses archives truly accessible to the public. Volunteers are asked to correct oral history transcripts using a new tool developed by NYPL Labs (our digital innovation team).  As part of the project, a trained Library staff member brings volunteers together at the end of the session to share and reflect upon the story they heard in a facilitated group discussion.

Crowdsourcing Maps for New Research Tool - Map Warper (Corporate Sustainers & Above)

  • The Library is home to one of the world’s premier map collections, including 433,000 sheet maps and 20,000 books and atlases published between the 15th and 21st centuries. As part of the Library’s ongoing commitment to creating new publicly available resources and building new platforms for historical research, the Library has set out to georeference over 4,000 maps. Under the guidance of Library staff, volunteers will be tasked to use the Map Warper tool to help lay the foundations of a powerful new research tool that will benefit scholars, educators, and history enthusiasts around the world.