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What is Biblion?

Biblion: The Boundless Library is designed to take you — all but literally — into the Library's legendary stacks, opening up hidden parts of the collections and the myriad storylines they hold and preserve. In this free app you will hold documents, images, films, audio, and essays — directly from the collections into your own hands.

How do I get Biblion?

Biblion: World's Fair will first be made available through the App Store, and shortly thereafter a web version will be made available on

Why can't I access My NYPL Account through this app, to renew books, for example?

This is part of suite of apps we’re launching in the upcoming weeks.  Keep an eye out for an app called “NYPL” that will allow you to access and manage your Library account (to place holds, to renew items, etc), search the Library catalog, and find information about Library locations and events.  

Will Biblion cover more than the 1939-40 World's Fair Collection?

Biblion: World’s Fair is merely the launch issue of Biblion: The Boundless Library.  Like a magazine, Biblion will come out as separate issues, with each issue or app covering parts of a different Library collection, exhibition, program, or initiative.

Will Biblion be available elsewhere, in other formats?

A web version of Biblion will be availble at in the summer of 2011. Selections can also be found on iTunesU.

Biblion sometimes closes out completely when I am moving between sections.

Because of its size, holding over 700 items from the collections, Biblion, especially with the first edition iPad which has less memory, sometimes needs a fresh start.  It can help to switch your iPad on and off.

How can I see more from The 1939-40 World's Fair Collection?

You can find many of the items in the NYPL Digital Gallery. Enter in the “search” field either “1939-1940 World’s Fair,” or digital ID numbers from the Biblion app (at the bottom left of item captions).   Researchers can also contact the Manuscripts and Archives Division.

What if I want to share items in Biblion?

Share functions are planned for the next major update to Biblion: World’s Fair, as well a number of enhancements to the app.  For now, you can use our Digital Gallery ID numbers (see previous answer) to share items.

How can I support future versions of Biblion?

If you enjoyed Biblion, please consider making a donation to support all of the invaluable programs and services NYPL has to offer, including apps and digital initiatives.

What were the sources for story text not attributed to an author?

The Biblion team compiled text composed by the NYPL Manuscripts and Archives Division staff for the comprehensive Finding Aid, as well as captions and background material in the Fair Corporation records, the Official Guide Book to the Fair, and related Fair promotional materials.


You can get additional support for Biblion, provided by NYPL staff and other Biblion users, at our user support community.

There, you can get answers to common questions and see answers to previously asked questions.



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