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A 92 Library Branch system that services Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, plus anyone who lives, works or goes to school in New York State.

The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is chartered to serve three of the five NYC boroughs (Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island), plus anyone who lives, works, goes to school or pays property tax in New York State is eligible for a NYPL Card 

As all New York Public Library locations are currently closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all Library Card Web Applications cannot be processed, however New York residents can still access an array of digital content via the SimplyE App. It is GPS sensitive so you need to be within New York State to utilize it. 

The NYPL was granted it’s Charter by the NYS Board of Regents in May 23, 1895 after the Astor, Lenox  & Tilden Foundations were combined into a single entity and chartered by NYS.

The NYPL has 88 Branch Locations and four Research Libraries: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building; NYPL for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL)    




As of Monday, July 13, The New York Public Library has begun the gradual reopening of our physical locations, starting with limited grab-and-go service at 8 branch locations. On Monday, August 3, we will be expanding grab-and-go service to 22 additional branches. Find details about locations, services, and requirements, and learn more about accessing our remote resources.

The New York Public Library's Limited Reopening

As part of New York City’s reopening, The New York Public Library is continuing the careful, phased process of returning limited service to its physical locations after temporarily closing due to the outbreak of COVID-19. On Monday, August 3, we are expanding our grab-and-go service to 30 library locations, following the initial reopening of 8 library locations on July 13. At each of these locations, patrons can access a limited area for returns and pick up materials that they’ve reserved. Patrons can place holds on physical materials for pickup at our open locations via our online catalog or via phone.

On Monday, August 3, we are expanding our grab-and-go service to 30 library locations, following the initial reopening of 8 library locations on July 13. This service allows patrons to access a limited area of these branches to return materials and pick up holds. Reserve your items online or by phone and select the open branch you would like for pickup. You’ll receive an email when your items are ready, at which point your items will be automatically checked out to your account. You can then head to your selected branch for contactless pickup. Simply grab your items from the holds shelf—then go!

Learn more about this new service and how to prepare for your visit. Don’t forget your mask!



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