Tour: The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

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Discover the flagship building of The New York Public Library—one of the world’s great libraries. Our docent-led tours are an excellent way to see highlights of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the landmark location on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street that houses the Library’s outstanding research collections in the humanities and social sciences. A magnificent example of the Beaux-Arts style of architecture, this library has symbolized the democratic ideal of free and open access to knowledge since it opened to the public in 1911. Official tours are the only way to get group access to many of the Library’s must-see spaces—including the historic Rose Main Reading Room.

Book now for our free one-hour building tour highlighting the history, architecture, and collections of this magnificent Beaux-Arts building. Each tour is restricted to 20 people.

PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to ensure maximum availability for the buidling tours, Group Tours must be booked separately by contacting Any group attempting to circumvent this policy will have their tickets canceled.

Delve deeper into the Library’s collections, exhibitions, and resources, including the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures, with our digital guide on Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app.

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Don't forget to visit our World-Class Exhibitions:

The Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library's Treasures located in Gottesman Hall

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Virginia Woolf: A Modern Mind located in the Wachenheim Gallery

Virginia Woolf: A Modern Mind



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