Guided-visit appointments can be made no less than three weeks in advance of the requested visit date, and self-guided-visit appointments can be made no less than two weeks in advance. A separate form must be submitted for each visit, and we will do our best to accommodate your request(s). We will confirm your visit through a written confirmation.
Before submitting your request, please consult your school or organization's administration and calendar regarding bus maintenance days, testing days, school holidays, and half days. When selecting date and time preferences for your visit, please consider approximate travel time from your school or organization, as well as any guidelines your school or organization may have regarding school bus departure and return times. The subway is also an convenient form of transportation, with the 66th Street stop on the 1 train at the front of the complex.
Here are a few things to keep in mind during your visit:
Visits to The Library for the Performing Arts are free-of-charge.
Guided Tours are offered on Mondays and Tuesdays.
All groups must enter at the 111 Amsterdam Avenue entrance (Not the Plaza entrance) regardless of form of transportation. Please speak directly to the Education Coordinator to coordinate off-loading and loading of your group.
We do not have a designated room for lunch in the building at this time. There is a cafe on the first floor, but seating is limited. On nice days, we encourage you to eat, teach and relax outside on the Plaza. Please speak directly to the Education Coordinator for safe-keeping of lunches during your visit.
If you need to cancel, please call 212-870-1746 or email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. We reserve the right to cancel guided visits based on weather conditions or other extenuating circumstances beyond our control, though this is an infrequent occurrence. If we have to cancel a visit, we’ll notify you as far in advance as possible.
Teachers and Chaperones accompany their group at all times. There should be 1 chaperone per 10 students for elementary and middle school groups. The Library will defer to either the NYDOE field trip guidelines, or individual schools' chaperone guidelines. Parents who are not chaperones are not permitted to attend Library visits.
Exhibit tours are 60 minutes, Guided building tours with catalog instruction are 90 minutes, Special Collections viewing can be either 60 or 90 minutes.
Please arrive on time. Content will be condensed in the event of a late arrival. If running late please call 212-870-1746.
In the exhibits and the 3rd floor Special Collections area:
Use quiet voicesOnly use pencil for taking notes and for activitiesDo not touch the items in the exhibit, unless expressed to do so in the exhibit or by teaching artist or securityPhotography without a flash is welcomeNo food or drinkHold backpacks by your side instead of wearing on your back