Apply for a Library Card Online

Apply for a Library Card Today in a Few Easy Steps

If you are 13 or older and live, work, attend school, or pay property taxes in New York State, you can apply for a free library card right now using this online application—then visit your nearest NYPL location to validate your information and receive a physical NYPL card. If your location within New York State can be confirmed, you will receive a free digital library card right now.

Visitors from outside of New York State can also use this form to apply for a temporary card that allows them to place holds for physical items. This card must be validated in person within 30 days, and does not provide access to e-books, databases, or the Culture Pass program.

Learn more about what you can access with your 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 our Privacy Policy.