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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 addition to borrowing library materials, your card allows you to reserve a computer, download digital media, search hundreds of electronic databases, and more.

The following forms are for new applicants and cardholders who wish to replace a lost library card (a $1 card replacement fee applies). If your library card has expired, click here for details on how to renew it.

Any pre-existing records you may have will be merged with your new record. You remain responsible for any associated fines or overdue items.

By submitting an application, you understand and agree to our Cardholder Terms and Conditions. You may also wish to review the NYPL Privacy Policy.

New York City Residents (within the 5 boroughs) & Non-Residents Who Work Or Attend School in NYC

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  • Submit a partial application online, then visit a library location to validate and pick up your card.
  • Be sure to bring photo id and current proof of address. A list of accepted documents can be found here.
  • Present your temporary barcode number and valid identification at a library public service desk to complete the application process.
  • You may also visit any library location and fill out a paper application form.

 

New York State Residents (outside of NYC)

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  • You must live, work, attend school or pay property tax in New York state in order to qualify for a New York Public Library account.
  • Your temporary online account will remain active for three months. To fully validate your account for a three-year period, please email proof of address to patronaccounts@nypl.org
  • Find the full list of eligibility requirements and accepted address documentation here

 

Researchers Visiting the Library from Outside of New York State

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  • If you do not live, work, attend school or pay property tax in New York state and are visiting the library and seeking temporary cardholder privileges, apply online and validate and pick up your card in person. Privileges will be granted for a period of 3 days or 3 months, depending on the length of your stay.
  • You may also visit any library location and fill out a paper application form.