The Library After Hours: Arctic Edition

Fri. Mar 15, 2024 7:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
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Join us at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building for the city’s most cerebral happy hour.

While registration for this event has ended, we may have a limited number of tickets available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

This edition of the Library After Hours coincides with the opening of The New York Public Library's new exhibition The Awe of the Arctic: A Visual History, a 500-year survey of how explorers and artists have depicted the sublime, beguiling terrains of the Arctic. Join us for curator talks, artist presentations, rare 16mm films, and more!

Special access includes:

  • Special talks by the curators of The Awe of the Arctic

  • Presentations by international artists whose work is featured in the show.

  • 16mm films curated from the Reserve Film and Video Collection telling stories of ice, exploration, and photography.

  • Performances by violinist Adriana Molello and activities in the Rose Main Reading Room.

  • Unique library-related books and gifts in the Library Shop.

Plus: Dance the night away with music by Rimarkable, 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 may have a limited number of tickets available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Doors will open at our 42nd St entrance and the Marshall Rose Plaza (located at 40th St and 5th Ave) at 7 PM, with final entry at 9:30 PM. Both of these entrances are accessible. 

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.


The Awe of the Arctic, A Visual History written on top of an image of a glacier.The Awe of the Arctic: A Visual History
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
March 15–July 13, 2024

Be the first to explore the Library's all-new exhibition, The Awe of the Arctic: A Visual History, which opens at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building the same day as Library After Hours! Discover extraordinary artwork, photographs, prints, and historic materials—drawn almost exclusively from the rich collections of The New York Public Library—that tell the story of how the Arctic has been visually depicted, defined, and imagined over the past 500 years. The presentation ranges from 16th-century explorers who attempted to capture the perceived strangeness of a remote region to contemporary artists whose work conveys the human impact on its changing climate and vulnerable landscape. Learn more.


This venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs (enter at 42nd Street or the Marshall Rose Plaza, located at 40th St and 5th Ave). 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

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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.

Support for Library After Hours: Arctic Edition is provided by the Consulate General of Sweden, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General, and the Consulate General of Finland.

Consulate General of Sweden in New YorkNorwegian Consulate General in New YorkConsulate General of Finland in New York

Support for The New York Public Library's Exhibitions Program has been provided by Celeste Bartos, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos Exhibitions Fund, Jonathan Altman, and Miriam and Ira D. Wallach. Additional support  for The Awe of the Arctic is provided by The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the Carl Jacobs Foundation. 

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