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, 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 Access

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 NYPL (Corporate Patrons & Above)

  • LIVE from NYPL convenes distinguished writers, artists, historians, scholars, and public officials for creative conversations and events that celebrate the unparalleled collections and exhibitions only found at the Library. Corporate partners receive front-of-line access to these programs. Please email corporate@nypl.org for more details.

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

  • Private, docent-led tours are excellent ways 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 1450s. Building tours may be combined with a tour of the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library's Treasures. 

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 Exclusive Events

Corporate members at the Patron level and above receive privileged access to NYPL 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 

  • On select Fridays, the Library hosts 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.

VIP Exhibition Openings

  • 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

The Library is happy to organize customized volunteer opportunities for members at the Sustainer level and above. 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 

  • Volunteers spend a morning or afternoon alphabetizing unsorted materials on 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. 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. 

Providing Accessible Reading Materials 

  • Volunteers join librarians at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library to re-label books for a cloud-based system that provides accessible reading materials for patrons who are blind, visually impaired, or otherwise physically unable to read standard print materials. The Heiskell Library is a critical resource to residents in New York City and Long Island, offering 145,000 Talking Books across classics, bestsellers, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Titles are available for all ages, wtih many offered in both English and Spanish. The Library also offers workshops and coaching to help patrons develop technology skills. 

Supporting NYPL Programs & Events 

  • The Library is also able to accomodate corporate volunteers for programs and events at local branches and during major NYPL events. In addition, volunteers are always welcome for our Summer at the Library programming.