Our Commitment to the Black Community

Posted June 3, 2020

A message to our community from the staff and trustees of The New York Society Library

The New York Society Library stands in solidarity with all who are protesting the systemic racism that led to the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and those before them, as well as all who fight for justice and equality.

There are thousands of stories contained within our building, but the one that matters most is the story playing out in our city and our country. We believe in the power of books and dialogue to inspire understanding and impart knowledge. It is our hope that this is the path to meaningful change. We are committed to doing more to help realize a just society through the books we offer, the information we provide, and the diversity of voices we promote in our programming.


June 5, 2020: Books for Understanding, Books for Change: Our staff has compiled a reading list as a starting point for education that can lead to meaningful and much-needed change in race relations in the United States.

November 20, 2020: Enjoy the first of four original online events featuring the voices of Black writers throughout history, re-examined to inspire understanding of race in our country today: Black Literature Matters: The 1700s.