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Apply for a Library Card

  • Your library card is your key to the resources and services of all New York Public Library locations in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. In addition to borrowing library materials, your card will let you reserve a computer, download digital media, search hundreds of electronic databases, and more.
  • You must present valid identification before using your card to borrow materials or reserve a computer. Accepted forms of identification may be found here.
  • Children ages 11 and under must apply in person with a parent or guardian.

I Want to Receive My Library Card by Mail

  • A library card will be mailed within four weeks to the address you provide.
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I Want to Pick Up My Library Card in Person

  • Use this option if you need a card right away, and are applying in person at selected New York Public Library locations.
    • Bronx Library Center
    • Mid-Manhattan Library
    • New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
    • St. George Library Center
    • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    • Science, Industry and Business Library
    • Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
  • You may register using a paper form at any other New York Public Library location.
  • You may pick up your card at the Circulation Desk after presenting valid identification and completing the application process
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