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Public Libraries of CT, NJ & NY: Home

The Tri-State Region is home to the States of NY, NJ and CT. For patrons outside of NYC you are eligible to get a library card from your local public library.

Public Library Systems of Connecticut, New Jersey and New York

The Tri-State Region is home to the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Residents of New York City and people who live, work and/or go to School in New York State are all eligible to a Library Card from the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Public Library.

For further information on the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Public Library, please refer to the LibGuide 

For patrons outside of New York City that wish to you get a Library Card from their local public library they can do so, by providing a proof of residence of a particular town or city like a utility bill and a photo ID (i.e. School ID, Driver’s License or Passport).  

The Library Systems generally outside of New York City are County Based Consortiums of Individual Municipal Public Libraries that have come together to share their catalog and their lending materials with patrons across a "county(s) based" system.

Once a patron has a “local” Public Library Card they can go to any Public Library within the system and use the public computers and check out any material they wish on their library card, except Reference Books.

Some of the major Suburban Public Library Systems include: Bergen County Cooperative Library System, the Jersey City Public Library, Nassau Library System, Rockland Catskills Library SystemSuffolk Cooperative Library System  and Westchester Library System.

Connecticut works different than both NY and NJ in that Public Libraries are individual entities that are not part of a cooperative county system, but do allow their materials to be checked out by anyone with a Library Card from any CT Based Public Library. Patrons in CT do not require Library Cards to access Public Computers, but may be asked for ID to obtain a Guest Pass depending on the specific CT Library. Another thing to keep in mind if material is checked out in one library in CT you can return it to another, but it is not checked back in until it arrives back at the owning library. 

Each of the three States in the NY Tri-State Region have a State Library. They are called Connecticut  State LibraryNew Jersey State Library and New York State Library


 Bergen County Cooperative Library System - OverDrive

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linked image map of NY's public library systemsThe New York Public Library (Bronx, New York, Richmond counties)Brooklyn (Kings County)Queens BoroughNassauSuffolk CooperativeWestchesterRamapo Catskill (Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster [part] counties)Mid-Hudson (Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam, Ulster [part] countiesFour County (Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego counties)Mohawk Valley (Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady, Schoharie counties)Upper Hudson (Albany, Rensselaer counties)Mid York (Herkimer, Madison, Oneida counties)Southern Adirondack (Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren, Washington counties)Clinton-Essex-FranklinNorth Country (Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, St. Lawrence counties)OnondagaFinger Lakes (Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga, Tompkins counties)Pioneer (Livingston, Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming counties)Southern Tier (Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Yates counties)Chautauqua-CattaraugusBuffalo and Erie CountyNioga (Genesee, Niagara, Orleans counties)Monroe

Public Library Systems in New York State

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