The Library After Hours: Icons of Women's History

Fri. Mar 31, 2023 7:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
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It's back! Join us for an exclusive night of festivity and fun at the Library’s flagship location.

The Library After Hours is returning! We’re taking over the historic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building for a night of dancing, games, performances, and behind-the-scenes access to NYPL collections. As we cap off Women’s History Month, celebrate the lives and works of iconic women trailblazers.

Special access includes:

  • One-night-only special collections display featuring rare books, posters, photographs, maps, and other items that shine a light on the lives and works of women throughout history 

  • Women’s hall of fame in the iconic Rose Main Reading Room, featuring exhibitions and activities that highlight the work of Joan Didion, Lorraine Hansberry, Marsha P. Johnson, and more—with music by harpist Kristi Shade

  • Curated 16 mm films made by, for, and about women from the Library for the Performing Arts' collections

  • After-hours access to the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures, showcasing the most extraordinary items in our collections

  • Unique library-related books and gifts in The Library Shop

Plus: Dance the night away with music by Rimarkable, find your next great read with librarian-led book matchmaking, and try your hand at games and puzzles, or relax with crafts and coloring. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

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Tickets for this event are Pay What You Wish, with a suggested cost of admission of $15. What you pay benefits The New York Public Library and helps make this event—and others like it—possible. 

If you miss your chance to get a ticket in advance, we will have a limited number of tickets available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Doors will open at our Fifth Avenue entrance at 7 PM. There is also an accessible entrance available at 42nd Street.

All tickets are final sale.

If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or suspect you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, please stay home.


This venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs (enter at 42nd Street). Assistive listening devices and large-format programs are available on-site. ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing

For other accessibility information, please contact


Please submit all press inquiries to Sara Beth Joren at least 48 hours before the event: email or use this Gmail template.

For all other questions and inquiries, please email or use this Gmail template.

The New York Public Library's free services and resources are made possible thanks to the support of the Friends of the Library. Join this group of Library lovers and take advantage of special membership benefits, like invitations to members-only virtual events, discounts at the Library Shop, and more. Join now.

The Library After Hours is made possible with the generous support of Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos.

Treasures programming is made possible by the Estate of Helen Sisserson.

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Astor Hall Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018
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