The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaza (entrance at 111 Amsterdam between 64th and 65th)
Third Floor
New York, NY 10023
Fully Accessible
Open today
12 PM–6 PM
Regular Hours
Billy Rose Theatre Division
Day Hours
Monday: 12 PM–8 PM
Tuesday: 12 PM–6 PM
Wednesday: 12 PM–6 PM
Thursday: 12 PM–8 PM
Friday: 12 PM–6 PM
Saturday: 12 PM–6 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

About the Division

Stage featuring dancers in masks.

The Billy Rose Theatre Division of The New York Public Library is one of the largest and most comprehensive archives devoted to the theatrical arts. Encompassing dramatic performance in all its diversity, the division is an indispensable resource for artists, writers, researchers, scholars, students, and the general public. Learn more about this division.


Visiting the Collection

Can researchers walk in to access the collections?

Yes, we offer walk-in access to our general research collections. Researchers may access our special collections by emailing or by booking a virtual consultation with one of our librarians, who will make an appointment for you to visit the Library for the Performing Arts.

What else do researchers need to know about accessing the collection?

To access the special collections materials at the Library for the Performing Arts, patrons must first create a Special Collections account

Who can researchers contact with further questions?

Please email us at with any additional queries.

Current Exhibitions