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.

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.