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Benefits of Joining the New York Public Library

With a library card from the New York Public Library, you get access to amazing and free resources, including: 

Get a Library Card From Anywhere in New York!

Apply for a Digital Library Card Online

With a digital library card, you get free access to the Library’s wide array of digital resources—including e-books, databases, educational resources, and more. If you are 13 or older and live, work, attend school, or pay property taxes in New York State, you can get a free digital library card right now using this online form. You may also request physical items with your digital account; however you will need to check out your items with a physical card.

Apply for a Library Card at an NYPL Location 

To borrow physical and digital materials, please visit one of our locations with proof of ID and address to complete the application for a physical card. Apply for a library card at a New York Public Library location near you

Renew Your Expired Card

If you currently have an NYPL account and your card has expired, please do not apply for a new card. Duplicate records will be deleted. Learn more about how to renew your card here.

Questions about the New York Public Libraries?

If you have any questions about joining the New York Public Library or about the resource and services that they offer, please reach out directly to the NYPL