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Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Tours

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The Library’s docent-led tours are an excellent way to see highlights of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. They are also the only way to get group access to many of the Library’s must-see spaces—including the Rose Main Reading Room and the Library’s exhibitions.

Unauthorized tours are not permitted. Unauthorized tours include any tours that are not led by an official docent of The New York Public Library. Please contact tours@nypl.org for more information or to learn how to schedule a tour with a Library docent.

Building Tours | Exhibition Tours

Free one-hour tours of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building begin at 11 AM and 2 PM on Monday through Saturdays. Tours meet at the reception desk in Astor Hall. Tours are available on a first come basis and are limited to 25 people.   

Group Tours

Group tours are available by appointment only and must be scheduled in advance. This includes tours of the building, exhibitions, or customized tours for 10 or more visitors.

Group tour fees are: $10 per person, $7 for seniors, and free for full-time students. Call 212.930.0650 or email tours@nypl.org for reservations and more information. 

Grades K-5 School Group Visits and Day Camp Groups

Free Tours for K-5 student groups are available by appointment only and must be scheduled 6 weeks in advance. For more information, please call the Children’s Center at 212.621.0208. 

Grades 6-12, College, and Graduate School Groups

Free tours and orientations for middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate school programs are available by appointment only and must be scheduled 6 weeks in advance. For more information, please email generalresearch@nypl.org

Walk-in Tours

Free docent-led tours are held every day for walk-in visitors to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Tours begin at 11 am and 2 pm Mondays through Saturdays, and at 2 pm on Sundays. Tours meet at the reception desk in Astor Hall. Tours are available on a first come basis and are limited to 25 people. 

Access for Persons with Disabilities

All public service units of the Library are wheelchair accessible. A ramp entrance to the building is located at the 42nd Street entrance. All levels of the building are accessible by an elevator at the north end of the building.

Don't forget! The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is a working research library.

Please:
• No food or drink
• Silence your phone
• Remain quiet in all reading rooms
• No flash photography 

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