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the stage

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incredible event


The New York Public Library

Why we
love it

Our venues beautifully blend form and function, combining rich design with modern amenities while keeping sustainability in mind. They serve as the ideal backdrop to meet your event needs and enhance your guest experience with stunning views, history, artwork and more.

The New York Public Library

Every year hundreds of clients seek out the Library to provide the perfect venue for films, fashion shows, wedding receptions, and corporate events – each wanting to capture a piece of the greatest city in the world.

The magnificent space, catering to both intimate gatherings as well as lavish extravaganzas, will lend a sense of grandeur and distinction to any occasion.

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.

This landmark building offers four classically elegant rooms for events. The rooms are decorated with marble arches, carved oak ceilings and paneling, and large murals.

The Celeste Bartos Forum features a 30-foot-high glass dome ceiling with classic Corinthian ornamentation. The Trustees Room features walnut paneling, a marble fireplace, and 17th-century tapestries.

Amenities & Petals
Styles at The New York Public Library

  • Amenities

    • auditoriumAuditorium
    • handicap-accessibleHandicap Accessible
    • natural-lightNatural Light
    • wedding-venueWedding Venue
  • Styles

    • classicClassic
    • grandGrand
    • historicHistoric
    • iconicIconic
    • landmarkLandmark
    • raw-spaceRaw Space
    • wide-openWide Open
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The New York Public Library Map

42nd Street And 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018

To get started planning your event, contact:

Contact: 212.727.2424

Email: celebratefood@greatperformances.com


Fabulous celebrations!

Thanks for a fabulous event! It went great and I appreciate [the Great Performances] staff.
– Vera D.

You’re a star! I was so pleased with everything. The food was fabulous. You kept sending it out. You had the perfect amount of staff. Can’t thank you enough and I look forward – very much – to working with you in the future!

– Victoria W.

The evening was everything we could hope for and more. I loved every minute working with and we will be reaching out when future events pop up.

– Yvonne G.

Frequently Asked

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If you are planning an event and are looking for a truly unique venue, consider hosting it at The New York Public Library. This New York landmark will make your event (from the private and personal to sumptuous and visual) stand out from all others.

  • What Kind Of Events Can Be Held At The New York Public Library?

    The New York Public Library lends itself to all types of events from corporate and non-profit to social and personal.
  • Can I Have My Event At The New York Public Library Catered?

    Of course. As a preferred caterer for the NYPL, Great Performances can work with you to realize the perfect event.
  • Who Does Catering For The New York Public Library?

    Great Performances is a preferred caterer for The New York Public Library, reach out to us so that we can learn more about your event, tell you about how we work, and answer any of your questions.
  • Are We Allowed To Bring In An Outside Caterer?

    Great Performances is a preferred caterer for The New York Public Library. Contact us so we can help you in planning the perfect event at The New York Public Library.
  • How Do I Contact The New York Public Library To Run An Event?

    If you're planning on booking an event at The New York Public Library you can call Great Performances at 212.727.2424 or send us an email at celebratefood@greatperformances.com
  • How Much Does It Cost To Run A Catered Event At The New York Public Library?

    Catering costs vary depending on the requirements for your event including the number of people, the type of event (breakfast buffet, cocktail reception, seated dinner, etc.), the style of service and waitstaff needs, and the food that is being served. Our team of expert event planners can help you design the perfect menu for your catered event.
  • What Events Has Great Performances Run At The New York Public Library?

    Great Performances works with The New York Public Library on all kinds of events including weddings, corporate events, lectures, and more.

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