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Welcome to the Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, one of the Library’s renowned research libraries, houses one of the world's most extensive research collections in the fields of theatre, film, dance, music, and recorded sound, as well as a wide array of circulating and reference materials.
The Library is open for unlimited browsing of our circulating collections and on-site research services either for walk-in service or by appointment.
In order to request access to special collections material, users will need to create a Special Collections account. Although it's not required, we encourage patrons to make an appointment with the relevant division by clicking the Research tab above.
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The Wondrous Willa Kim: Costume Designs for Actors and DancersThrough August 19, 2023The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
The Library for the Performing Arts celebrates the long and colorful career of costume designer Willa Kim.
Focus Center Stage: 50 Years of the Theatre on Film and Tape ArchiveThrough June 24, 2023The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
A look back at the archive, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Theatre on Film and Tape and how it affected theatre history.
The Dance Historian Is In with Arlene Yu on Ballroom DancingWednesday, March 29 | 1 PM
A Conversation with Mark Horowitz on The Letters of Oscar Hammerstein IIThursday, March 30 | 6 PM
Agnes de Mille and The Female NarrativeMonday, April 3 | 6 PM
NYPL LP Club: De La Soul "3 Feet High and Rising" Online GroupTuesday, April 4 | 1 PM
NYPL LP Club: De La Soul "3 Feet High and Rising" Online GroupTuesday, April 4 | 5 PM
Silent Clowns: Edward Everett Horton, Silent Comedian?Saturday, April 8 | 2:30 PM
About The Library for the Performing Arts
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts houses one of the world's most extensive combinations of circulating, reference, and rare archival collections in its field. These materials are available free of charge, along with a wide range of special programs, including exhibitions, seminars, and performances. An essential resource for everyone with an interest in the arts—whether professional or amateur—the Library is known particularly for its prodigious collections of non-book materials such as historic recordings, videotapes, autograph manuscripts, correspondence, sheet music, stage designs, press clippings, programs, posters and photographs. Discover more about The Library for the Performing Arts circulating, reference, and rare archival collections.Learn more about this location Learn about capital construction projects at this location