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
Closed today
Regular Hours
Music Division
Day Hours
Monday: 10:30 AM–6 PM
Tuesday: 10:30 AM–6 PM
Wednesday: 10:30 AM–6 PM
Thursday: 10:30 AM–6 PM
Friday: 10:30 AM–6 PM
Saturday: 10:30 AM–6 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

About the Division

Archival music sheet.

The Music Division is one of the world's preeminent music collections—documenting the art of music in all its diversity—classical and opera as well as the whole spectrum of popular music including spirituals, ragtime, jazz, musical theater, film, rock and world music. While the division contains many scores and manuscripts from centuries past, its curatorial mandate is an activist one, placing major emphasis on capturing the creative output of contemporary composers.

Visiting the Collection

Can researchers walk in to access the collection?
At this time, we are not offering walk-in access to our research collections, but researchers can still access them 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.

Are research appointments required to access the collections onsite?
Appointments are only required to use the research collections on the third floor. However, patrons are welcome to enter the Library for the Performing Arts without an appointment and access our circulating collections and reading rooms on the first and second floors, as well as our Outdoor Reading Room.

Are virtual consultations available and are they required before making an onsite research appointment?
Yes. Please book a virtual consultation with one of our librarians.

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.


Please consult with staff to book an appointment at this division.

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