Poets House

Founded in 1985 by the late U.S. poet laureate Stanley Kunitz and arts administrator Elizabeth Kray, Poets House is a 50,000-volume poetry library and meeting place that is free and open to the public. After many years of residence in SoHo, in 2009 Poets House moved to a new location in Lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City (on the banks of the Hudson River, two blocks south of Chambers Street).

Poetry in the Branches, a collaboration between Poets House and the New York Public Library, offers changing displays and after-school poetry workshops for teenagers (ages 12 to 18) and adults at various New York City branch libraries. For more information, call Poets House at (212) 431-7920.

Programs for children age 4-12 will be offered in the fall of 2009. The Constance Laibe Hays Children’s Room at Poets House is open Saturdays, 11am-3pm. In April of 2010, the hours of the Poets House children’s room will be extended.


Free school trips can be arranged by appointment.


  • Disability Access
  • Street level entrance, elevator access to second floor.

  • Gift Shops
  • Memberships, T-shirts, Directory of American Poetry Books

  • Reference Center
  • 50,000 books, journals, chapbooks, audiotapes, videotapes, reference volumes; open to the public

Special Offers

  • Senior Discount
  • Membership for seniors (65 and older) costs $40. Tickets to programs are discounted to $7.

    This offer is ongoing

Poets House

10 River Terrace

(between Murray and Barclay Streets)

New York, NY 10282

(212) 431-7920

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Subway: A, C, 1, 2, 3 to Chambers Street. Walk west on Chambers to River Terrace. Turn left, walk two blocks south to Poets House.


Tue11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat11:00 am - 6:00 pm


    • Admission to the library is free. Admission to programs is $10; $7 for seniors/students; free to Poets House Members

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    • Membership Program

      Memberships are $50 for the year ($40 for seniors), offering free admission to events.