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Event Spaces at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building


Welcome to The New York Public Library, located at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in the heart of New York City.

 The Library’s landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, with its softly gleaming white marble, sits invitingly amid the jungle of glass, concrete, and asphalt that is Manhattan.

 Along with the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the Statue of Liberty, the Schwarzman Building, with its majestic front steps watched over by the beloved Library Lions, Patience and Fortitude, is a quintessential New York City icon.

 Every year, hundreds of clients seek out the NYPL to provide the perfect venue for their special events – each wanting to capture a piece of one of the favorite venues in the greatest city in the world.

The magnificent Beaux-Arts building with its eight exquisite rental spaces caters to both intimate gatherings as well as lavish extravaganzas and lends a sense of grandeur and distinction to any occasion. Our professional staff is endlessly attentive and will do all they can to help make your event spectacular.

While you and your guests enjoy the glorious setting, you will also become a contributor to one of the world’s great free institutions. All event fees help to support the Library’s indispensable collections, services, and programs.

Thank you for considering The New York Public Library as a venue for your special event. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

 Fees available upon request. Appointments are necessary.

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Celeste Bartos Forum

With its 30-foot-high glass saucer dome ceiling, this 6,400 square foot space provides a beautiful setting for wedding receptions, dinners, galas, sales meetings & presentations.

Configuration Capacity
Cocktails or auditorium-style 500
Seated dinner 450

Astor Hall

The breathtaking grandeur of the white marble entranceway to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building offers a memorable space for wedding receptions, cocktails, dinners, dances, filming, and photography.

Because this is a public space, events can only be held in Astor Hall when the Library is closed.

Configuration Capacity
Cocktails 750
Seated dinner 250

The Edna Barnes Salomon Room

This 4,500 square foot rectangular space boasts dark maple wood floors, Rouge Jaspe accents throughout, and cream colored walls lined with paintings including “The Blind Milton Dictating Paradise Lost to His Daughters” by Mikhaly Munkacsy as well as artwork from James Peale, Rembrandt Peale, and Samuel F.B. Morse among others. The spectacular ceiling features faux skylights from end-to-end.

Unique among the event spaces in the Schwarzman Building, the Salomon Room is the perfect setting for wedding receptions, formal dinners, black-tie galas, and corporate parties.


Configuration Capacity
Cocktails 325
Seated Dinner 300

McGraw Rotunda

This impressive space is set beneath arched bays, paired Corinthian walnut pilasters over 17-feet high, and striking murals by Edward Laning depicting the history of the written word. McGraw Rotunda lends itself to small receptions, dinners, and cocktail events.

Because this is a public space, events can only be held in McGraw Rotunda when the Library is closed.

Configuration Capacity
Cocktails 300
Seated Dinner 150

The Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Trustees Room

The beautiful ceiling, walnut paneled walls, marble fireplace, and magnificent 17th-Century Flemish tapestries reflect the warmth of a fine turn-of-the-century drawing room. Perfect for cocktails, meetings, press conferences, luncheons and small receptions.

Configuration Capacity
Cocktails or auditorium-style 125
Seated dinner 110