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Educator Cards

To facilitate the Library's outreach efforts to NYC schools, we are pleased to offer expanded access to library resources and services through our Educator Cards. This card, available to qualifying Educators employed at K-12 schools in the 5 boroughs of NYC and intended for professional use only, offers significantly more privileges than those available on your personal card.

Note that this is a different offering than our partnership with NYC schools.

More Resources! More Time! Less Fines!

Your new card includes a variety of unique privileges. Educator cardholders may:

  • Borrow up to 100 items*
  • No fines on books*
  • Put up to 50 items on hold*
  • A 60 day loan period on books*
  • Access to NYPL's hundreds of electronic resources databases to downloadable books, music and movies*
  • The ability to interact with students and other Educators through Bibliocommons.

*Additional details below.

How do I get one?

Request an application for an Educator Card at any New York Public Library location in the Bronx, Manhattan or Staten Island, or print out a downloadable form here. You must also provide a letter of request on school letterhead or other proof of current employment as a NYC Educator and be prepared to present our required forms of identification. Once registered, your card will be valid through June 30th of the coming year. To renew your privileges in the fall, present the same documentation provided for your initial registration.

My colleagues at other schools are participating in your DOE pilot. How can my school get involved?

Participation in the pilot is arranged through the DOE's Office of Library Services. For information on the potential participation of your school in the future, ask your School Librarian or Principal to contact that office directly.

What about my students?

We encourage you to contact your neighborhood library location to arrange a class visit. You can come to us or we will come to you. Our staff can register students for new or replacement library cards, discuss about the range of services available with your card, demonstrate our web site and online catalog and recommend some great books for students of all ages and reading levels.

I work at a day care center. Do I qualify?

Yes! Certified day care center staff may apply for a NYC Educator card. Proof of certification must be provided at the time of registration/renewal.

I work as a home schooler. Do I qualify?

Yes! You must provide current & valid certification of your status as a home schooler to apply for a NYC Educator card. Proof of certification must be provided at the time of registration/renewal.

Tell me more about what I can do with your online catalog!

Key to our outreach efforts to Educators and students throughout the 5 boroughs is our online ctalog. This catalog allows you to learn not only what resources are available at all NYPL locations, but to share those resources with your students and colleagues. You can access the catalog here.

First time users of the catalog will be required to register for an account.

Once logged in, in addition to searching the catalog and requesting materials for delivery to your nearest NYPL location, you can create content including reviews, book lists and preferred searches. Share this content with your students and colleagues through the catalog itself by encouraging them to "follow" your username or post your creations to a variety of social media outlets.

What else do I need to know?

Your card comes with many privileges unique to your status as an Educator employed at a participating pilot school and is intended for professional use only. If you do not already have a NYPL card for your personal use, we encourage you to apply at any NYPL location and ask staff to link the two cards for your convenience.

The following are some important details about the privileges associated with your Educator Card:

Borrowing Limits: up to 100 items may be checked out on your card at any time; 10 DVD maximum at once
Loan Periods: 60 day loan periods on books and audiobooks; standard loan periods on all other items (e.g. DVDs, CDs, magazines)
Renewals: No renewals on 60 day items, 10 on all other eligible items; subject to library restrictions governing renewals
Hold Requests: up to 50 holds allowed on eligible items; additional requests may be placed as items are checked out; please cancel any requests that you decide you no longer need
Checkouts: eligible items may be borrowed from any NYPL location in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island.
Returns: return borrowed items to any NYPL location in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. Return them promptly to avoid late charges.
Fines: books and audiobooks are exempt from fines; standard fine rates apply on all other items (e.g. DVDs, CDs, magazines); excessively delinquent accounts are subject to submission to NYPL's collection agency
Library Notices: will be e-mailed to you when a requested item is headed your way, when a borrowed item is nearing its due date and when an item is overdue; circulation privileges, including the ability to place holds and borrow or renew items, are suspended if you have received a second overdue notice for any item borrowed and the item must be returned to restore these privileges
Card Expiration: your card will expire on June 30th of the academic year; automatic renewal is subject to your continued employment as a NYC Educator. Use your personal library card for borrowing during the summer months.

We realize that there is a lot involved with new service and the sheer volume of resources available to you may seem daunting at first. Here are a few helpful links to get you started:

MyLibraryNYC Educator Cards

Through our partnership with the NYC Department of Education, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Public Library, we are pleased to offer expanded access to library resources and services through our Educator Cards. This card and its associated privileges is offered exclusively to Educators employed at schools participating in our pilot project with the DOE, now in its second year.

More Books! More Time! Less Fines!

Your new card includes a variety of unique privileges. Educator cardholders may:

  • Borrow up to 100 items*
  • Put up to 50 items on hold*
  • A 60 day loan period on most print materials*
  • Access to NYPL's hundreds of electronic resources databases to downloadable books, music and movies*
  • An expanding collection of teacher sets*
  • The ability to interact with students and other Educators through our union catalog*
  • Delivery of library materials to/from your school*

*Additional details below.

How do I get one?

We are bringing the cards to you! Your employment at a school participating in this pilot program entitles you to an Educator Card. Speak to your School Librarian for details.

My colleagues at other schools are interested. What can I tell them?

Participation in the pilot is arranged through the DOE's Office of Library Services. For information on the potential participation of your school in the future, ask your School Librarian or Principal to contact that office directly.

What about my students?

Students at participating pilot schools are also being issued new library cards with their own set of unique privileges. Learn more from your School Librarian.

Tell me more about the union catalog!

Key to our collaborative efforts with schools throughout the 5 boroughs is the launch of a new union catalog. This catalog allows you to learn not only what resources are available at your school library, but at all NYPL locations. You can access the union catalog through your school's web page, or by following the instructions here.

First time users of the union catalog will be required to register for an account. Please make sure that your valid school e-mail address is attached to your account by clicking on the My Settings link at the top of the catalog homepage.

Once logged in, in addition to searching the catalog and requesting materials for delivery to your school, you can create content including reviews, book lists and preferred searches. Share this content with your students and colleagues through the catalog itself by encouraging them to "follow" your username or post your creations to a variety of social media outlets.

And teacher sets?

Teacher sets are pre-assembled collections of items on a given subject (e.g. Astronomy) or multiple copies of one item by the same author (e.g. Moby Dick), developed in collaboration by the library and DOE in accordance with the Common Core standards. Sets are available in a range of languages and reading levels. Use the union catalog to search for and request teacher sets and look for recommendations shared by NYPL as new sets become available.

All items in teacher sets should be returned to your School Librarian at the same time.

What else do I need to know?

Your card comes with many privileges unique to your status as an Educator employed at a participating pilot school and is intended for professional use only. If you do not already have a NYPL card for your personal use, we encourage you to apply at any NYPL location and ask staff to link the two cards for your convenience.

The following are some important details about the privileges associated with your Educator Card:

Borrowing Limits: up to 100 items may be checked out on your card at any time; 10 DVD and 5 teacher set maximum at once
Loan Periods: 60 day loan periods on books, audiobooks and teacher sets; standard loan periods on all other items (e.g. DVDs, CDs, magazines)
Renewals: Up to 10 2 week renewals on 60 day items, 10 renewals on all other eligible items; subject to library restrictions governing renewals (e.g. when there are no holds on the item & the borrower's card is otherwise in good standing)
Hold Requests: up to 50 holds allowed on eligible items; additional requests may be placed as items are checked out; please cancel any requests that you decide you no longer need
Checkouts: items requested through the union catalog will be delivered to your school already checked out to you; when they arrive at NYPL's processing center a notice will be e-mailed to you and the item should be available for pickup at your school library within 7 days of receiving this notice
Returns: return borrowed items to your School Librarian and they will be shipped back to NYPL; return items in advance of their due date to avoid late charges
Fines: books and teacher sets are exempt from fines; standard fine rates apply on all other items (e.g. DVDs, CDs, magazines); excessively delinquent accounts are subject to submission to NYPL's collection agency
Library Notices: will be e-mailed to you when a requested item is headed your way, when a borrowed item is nearing its due date and when an item is overdue; circulation privileges, including the ability to place holds and borrow or renew items, are suspended if you have received a second overdue notice for any item borrowed and the item must be returned to restore these privileges
Card Expiration: your card will expire on August 30th of the academic year; automatic renewal is subject to your continued employment at a participating pilot school

We realize that there is a lot involved with new service and the sheer volume of resources available to you may seem daunting at first. Here are a few helpful links to get you started:

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