The Library After Hours: #LoveReading

Fri. Feb 14, 2020 7:00pm - 10:00pm EST
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Book lovers unite! It’s Valentine’s Day, library-style, at the city’s most cerebral happy hour.

This Valentine’s Day, Library After Hours is bringing the love for books and reading. Bring a date, bring your reading buddy, or come solo and search for the book lover of your dreams. Listen to dramatic readings of love poems in the Rose Main Reading Room. Check out a one-night-only special-collections display of our most amorous items. Let a librarian find your perfect new book, strut your brainy stuff in literary trivia, leave a love note to a beloved book, and much more. We’re celebrating our 125th anniversary in 2020, and we want you to kick the party off with us in the most bookish way we know how.

Library After Hours #LoveReading will include:

  • Love poems read aloud by Ellen Burstyn (Requiem For a Dream), Paloma Celis Carbajal (NYPL Curator, Latin American, Iberian and Latino Studies), Raúl Esparza (Law & Order, BoJack Horseman), Jessica Hagedorn (Dogeaters, The Gangster of Love), Sonia Manzano (Sesame Street, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano), David Tomas Martinez (Post Traumatic Hood Disorder, Hustle), and Yanyi (The Year of Blue Water) in the Rose Main Reading Room

  • "Picturing Your Love" interactive collections display with items from the Library's Picture Collection

  • Librarian-led book matchmaking

  • Literary trivia

  • Craft unique bookmarks using the Library’s collections

  • Games & puzzles

  • DJ Rimarkable

  • ​Food & drinks available for purchase

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A limited number of Priority Advance Tickets are available.  Priority ticketing grants you entry beginning at 7 PM, giving you more time to maximize your experience exploring the Library. When you purchase a Priority Advance Ticket, it benefits the Library and helps make this event—and others like it—possible. It also grants you 10% off at the bar and Library Shop during the event.

Pay What You Wish entry will begin at 8 PM, with a suggested admission price of $15. 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. Cash only. 

Lines start forming at 5th Ave in advance of the event. Accessible entrance available at 42nd Street.

No refunds.

This venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs. 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

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

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