Visiting the Library with Your Class
Find out how to bring your students to the library, or call to arrange for us to come to you!
Ways to connect with your local library:
Local libraries generally offer three types of experiences which can be adapted for your class visit to the library or for a staff member to visit your school:
- Library Orientation—learn about library resources; apply for a library card or submit library card applications; become familiar, or let your students become familiar, with the physical space
- Book Talks—let experts in children’s and young adult literature make your students want to read with engaging presentations of timely and age-appropriate books
- Digital Research Resources—use a research project to learn about, or have your students learn about, the library’s free online resources including digitized images and student-friendly databases
Class visits need to be scheduled in advance. Call and ask to speak to a library manager.
- Find out the location, contact information and hours of your local library.
- Ask about space limitations and wheelchair access.
- Let your librarians know about upcoming research projects so they can prepare for your class visit or be prepared for your students when they come after school to work on assignments.
- Specific branches may be able to provide auditorium space for school events, meetings, and programs.
- While library orientations can include getting applications for library cards, if the objective of the visit is research or a book talk it is helpful if students have library cards prior to their visit. Get started with an application here. It is important to note that students under the age of 11 must have their applications signed by a parent or guardian.
- Invite NYPL staff to participate in your PTA meetings and Open School nights. They can present book talks or introduce faculty and parents to our free online resources.
- Our research libraries offer more specialized opportunities for teachers and students including exhibition tours. Arrange a visit to one of our specialized libraries by emailing us, using one of the links below:
- Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (5th Ave. & 42nd St.)
- The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (Lincoln Center)
- Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (Malcolm X. Blvd. & 135th St.)
- Science, Industry and Business Library (Madison Ave. & 34th St.)