Account and General Questions

Any person who lives, works, attends school, or pays property taxes in New York State is eligible to receive a library card. Learn how to get a card, manage your online account, and use our catalog.
  • Eligibility Requirements

    When applying for a New York Public Library card in person, or providing proof of identity to validate a card received in the mail, an applicant must ...

  • 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 add...

  • PIN Reset

    To reset your four-digit PIN please click here. You will be asked to enter your barcode or username and click the "Submit" button. An email will autom...

  • Expired Library Card

    Your New York Public Library account has expired. To renew your card, please visit any branch of NYPL with your library card, proof of identity and pr...

  • Brooklyn and Queens Library cardholders

    The New York Public Library has branches in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. As a courtesy to other New York City library users, once they hav...

  • Visitor (Non Resident) Borrower

    Visitors from out of state or abroad are welcome to apply for a three month visitor's card. After you apply online, pick up your card in person at an ...

  • Reading Recommendations

    Browse our staff picks - Our book experts ​help you navigate the wide world of books. Check out our book lists - Find books for all age levels on var...

  • Requesting Research Library Materials

    Instructions for requesting in advance research materials kept offsite can be found here. With an NYPL library card (

  • Request a circulating copy of a book

    Search for an item on Click the Place Hold button to request the item Indicate where you would like up the item using the drop d...

  • How to use the book bag

    Search the catalog. Select items via the check boxes to the left of the items. Click the shopping cart icon to place the item in your book bag. ...
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