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New York Public Library : NYPL Card - Apply

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.

NYPL Card - Apply

Apply for a Library Card  

Library card web applications cannot be processed while the NYPL are closed in response to the coronavirus. However, New York residents can get a library card through the SimplyE app and gain access to an array of digital resources. Please check the instructions for Android here and for iOS here.

Patrons 13 years and older can apply for their own library cards through SimplyE. Patrons 12 and under will need a parent or caregiver to create an account. Note: These accounts cannot be restricted to only children’s materials.

When the NYPL reopens, new applicants can visit their local library to obtain and validate their physical library card.

By submitting an application, you understand and agree to our Cardholder Terms and Conditions and agree to our Rules and Regulations. To learn more about The Library’s use of personal information, please read the NYPL's Privacy Policy.


NYPL Latest News COVID-19 Reopening 

As of Monday, August 3, The New York Public Library has expanded grab-and-go service to 30 branch locations as part of our gradual reopening. We hope to reopen even more locations soon. Find details about locations, services, and requirements, and learn more about accessing our remote resources.

September 2020 - Grab and Go - Expanded to 50 Branches: As part of The New York Public Library’s gradual reopening following our temporary closure due to COVID-19, we are pleased to announce that we are now offering Grab and Go service at 50 of our branches across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.

January 6th, 2020: NYPL Reopening Updates: Grab-and-Go Service Now at Select Locations: As part of our phased reopening, The New York Public Library now offers limited services at select library locations. All open locations offer holds pickups and returns.



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