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Catalog Power Users: Import Your Lists

You know who you are. You have your barcode memorized. Your hold requests are always maxed out. You juggle lists of TO READ and HAVE READ and SOMEDAY and NOT YET PUBLISHED. Now you are exploring the many new options available to you in our new catalog, and maybe geeking out just a little bit.

You are a library catalog superuser, and we salute you!

If you have made lists in our old catalog and want to move them over, here are the steps.

The classic catalog interface allows 

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September 2011 NYPL Blog Highlights

Back to school! The NYPL blogs have been practicing their penmanship.

A was for Aguilar CRW B was for Breaking Bad C was for crowdsourcing D was for Downton Abbey E was for ... Read More ›

How to Get Started with BiblioCommons at NYPL: A Visual Walkthrough

The New York Public Library is one of several libraries now using BiblioCommons — a new catalog interface that greatly improves the search experience. Searching for books, ebooks, DVDs, music, and all of our other holdings is easier than ever. It is also easy for you to share your expertise in new ways — rate and review materials, add videos, create new lists on a theme or a Top Ten, and browse lists from other users you follow. Now you can also save items to read later and keep track of what you've already 

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Library Books on Kindle: A Visual Walkthrough

Have you heard? Library books are now available to borrow on Kindle devices and other devices with Kindle reading software (Windows, Mac, Blackberry, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Windows Phone 7) as well as their Kindle Cloud Reader (read without downloading software in your web browser).

Here is a walkthrough of how it works. (If you're scrolling-averse, check out this video from 

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Library Way

Ask NYPL gets a lot of questions about the sidewalk on Library Way. If you haven't seen it before, on your next trip to the main building on Fifth Avenue, be sure to approach from the east and

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From "Drugstore Photographs, Or, A Trip Along the Yangtze River, 1999;" Lower Manhattan Block-by-Block by Dylan Stone. Block 084: West Thames Street between South End Avenue and the Hudson River Esplanade (north side), Digital ID 504218, New York Public LibraryWhere were you? Uptown, midtown, downtown. Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx. Brooklyn, Manhattan, New Jersey. On the ferry, on the train, in the air, below ground. At the library, at school, at home, at work. Maybe you were somewhere 

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50 Documentaries (Among Others) to See Before You Die

The 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die series on Current TV has generated a fair amount of controversy... nothing on the list predates 1988, and it's heavy on English-language films, for example. I have posted the list here with links to the NYPL BiblioCommons catalog so that you can read descriptions and put any of the DVDs on 

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August 2011 NYPL Blog Highlights

What a wild month. August 2011! Maybe you were away for all or part of it, but it will surely go down in the NYC record books as "Month With the Most Unusual Meteorological/Geological Events." Earthquake! Hurricane! Read Down Your Fines! On the NYPL blogs we didn't just tell you about all of the wonderful collections and services we provide every day; we also gave you useful information for when our doors are — unfortunately for Jake Gyllenhaal fans hoping to reenact 

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Be Prepared for Hurricane Irene

Due to the anticipated severe weather conditions, all units of The New York Public Library (covering The Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island) will be closed on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, 2011. It is expected that all locations will be open on Monday, August 29, but New Yorkers are encouraged to check for the most up to date information.

Before settling in for the storm, be sure to stop into one of our libraries to pick up something to read. (Or visit

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July 2011 NYPL Blog Highlights

July was sure hot, but it stayed pretty cool over here on the NYPL blogs.

We kept our summer interns busy. We ... Read More ›

Recipes from the Reluctant Camper

Summer is in full swing. Maybe you've taken a cruise, a roadtrip, a European jaunt or a trip to the beach, but summer would not be complete without a night spent with only a thin layer of nylon separating you from the starry sky and the cool night air... am I right?

No?! Well 

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June 2011 NYPL Blog Highlights

SUMMER IS HERE! The NYPL blogs are basking in the sunshine of information.

This month we rallied with our friends and ultimately got most of our funding restored. Thank you for your letters (and hugs) of support. We ... Read More ›

May 2011 NYPL Blog Highlights

Did you see? This month on the blogs...

The Stephen A. Schwarzman building celebrated turning 100! We remembered the days when the SASB was a ... Read More ›

The Ticketless Traveler: Ohio

Ohio is not that far from New York... two or three states away, depending how you drive. But you wouldn't know it by talking to any native New Yorker. It might as well be Iowa, or Idaho, they all kind of sound the same. "Flyover country."

Ohio is considered part of the Midwest, though it seems strange to me to be lumped in with North Dakota and Missouri, places I've never been. Ohio is the huge metal buckle of the

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April 2011 NYPL Blog Highlights

April can be sort of cruel (I'm paraphrasing...) but on the NYPL blogs it was a blast! I couldn't help but notice...

You got caught in the rain, were fooled by a prank, then slipped on a banana peel. You had a nightmare about a ... Read More ›

March 2011 NYPL Blog Highlights

In like a lion and out like a lamb, right? More like in like a lion and out like a lion around here on NYPL blogs (their names are Patience and Fortitude, remember?)

We read Brava, Valentine and even got to talk to the author. We talked to some ... Read More ›

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, which took place 100 years ago today, was a tragic incident in New York City's history but also a turning point in the early labor movement.Read More ›

February 2011 NYPL Blog Highlights

And now, a moment for us. February may be the shortest month of the year, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the quantity and quality of blog posts that were shared by staff at NYPL over 28 wintery days. If you've just joined us, or have trouble keeping up, here is a roundup of the month's posts.

We got hit by cupid's arrow and celebrated the ... Read More ›

January 2011 NYPL Blog Highlights

NYPL blogs can help you answer life's questions. Don't believe me? See January's posts as proof. We don't have all the answers, but we can often point you in the right direction for your search.

What should my New Year's resolution be? I can't carry a tune, but do I have any musical talent in my family ... Read More ›

Get the Most Out of Your Gadgets With NYPL

Were you one of the lucky ones who found a shiny new ereader or mobile device under the (nondenominational) tree? Or did you just decide 2011 was the year you would resolve to do more of your work and leisure reading on a screen?  Before you whip out your credit card for ebooks remember that other card.  NYPL might have you covered for free... read on to find out how in three easy steps!

    See if your device is compatible with our audio (MP3 and WMA format) and
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