In order to maintain a safe and welcoming environment for reading, learning and other Library activities, The New York Public Library requires all visitors to comply with the following General Rules and Regulations:
The following are NOT allowed at The New York Public Library:
– Harassing or threatening behavior.
– Using obscene or abusive language or gestures.
– Making unreasonable noise, including loud talking on a cell phone or otherwise.
Please also be aware that:
Visitors with disabilities may ask Library staff for reasonable accommodations.
Visitors who do not follow the Library’s General Rules and Regulations can be asked to leave and can lose their Library privileges. They can also be arrested or be subject to other legal action.
Last Revised 6/4/2010
The New York Public Library is dedicated to providing a welcoming environment that encourages children to visit the Library, use Library collections and services, and attend Library programs. Library staff are available to assist and support children with their use of Library resources. However, the Library is not responsible for children who are left unattended on Library premises. Unattended children are children of any age who are apparently unaccompanied by a parent, guardian, and/or responsible caregiver in the Library.
Parents, guardians and/or caregivers are solely responsible for the safety and behavior of their children. They are advised that children, like all Library users, are expected to comply with the Library’s “General Rules and Regulations” and a child who violates those rules may be asked to leave Library premises. Parents, guardians and/or caregivers must inform themselves as to scheduled Library closing times and be aware that a Library facility sometimes may have to close unexpectedly due to emergencies or safety issues. It is the responsibility of parents, guardians and/or caregivers to let their children know what they should do if they must leave the Library.
Library staff may call the police or other appropriate City agency if a child is left unattended when a Library facility closes or if a child otherwise appears to be at risk.
Last Revised 11/25/2008
As part of its mission to assure open access to information and the exchange of ideas, The New York Public Library, a non-governmental tax-exempt organization, (the “Library”) sponsors a robust series of public programs in its various circulating and research library venues. The objective of these programs is to offer to the public an opportunity to hear and experience presentations and discussions of timely and interesting topics with participants who represent a broad range of viewpoints. All members of the public are welcome to attend the Library’s public programs, subject to any occupancy limits and, where applicable, ticketing requirements. In order to maintain an environment conducive to the purpose of the programs, all attendees must comply with the following regulations:
Failure to comply with these regulations may result in expulsion from a Library program or facility, suspension of library privileges and/or arrest and prosecution to the full extent of the law.
The Library reserves the right to amend these regulations from time to time.
Last Revised 7/28/2010
Public Space, Above and Below (Audio)
Carol St. Pierre (Audio)
Wole Soyinka (Video)
Harold Bloom (Video)
A.B. Yehoshua (Video)
Mark Salzman (Video)
Backstage with COLM TOIBIN (Video)
Backstage with Karen Armstrong (Video)
Derek Walcott (Video)
Zadie Smith (Video)
Siddhartha Mukherjee (Video)
Backstage with Edwidge Danticat (Video)
Backstage with SLAVOJ ZIZEK (Video)
Jay-Z: Decoded (Video)
KEITH RICHARDS: Life (Video)
JOHN WATERS: Role Models (Video)
A Tribute to GEORGE CARLIN (Video)
FERRAN ADRIA: A Day at el Bulli (Video)