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Our neighborhood libraries offer a variety of free programs for classes of all grade levels. Children as young as preschoolers can enjoy story times, literacy activities, and kid-friendly library orientations. Older students can attend book talks, library orientations, and computer classes that focus on the Library's databases and digital resources.

If your class is doing specific project or exploring a certain topic, our librarians can assist in finding books for your class to read and check out. Teachers are also encouraged to visit us for help with lesson plans or information on using the Library's resources in the classroom.

If you would like to register your students for library cards, you may pick up applications at any NYPL location. If you have students who have library cards, please remind them to bring their cards on the day of your visit.

Our team is also available to conduct visits to schools in the neighborhoods serviced by the local library.

To find the library location most convenient to your school, search our website, email schoolvisits@nypl.org, or call 917-275-6975 (917-ASK-NYPL). The local Library Manager will help you schedule your visit.

Prepare for your class visit.

What We Can Provide for Students

  • Introduction to the Library and how to use it
  • Free library cards
  • Story times
  • Book talks
  • Classes on digital resources (BrainPOP, Ancestry.com, Library Edition, and more)
  • Browsing visits to check our library books
  • Customized research lessons to support your curriculum

There's More!

  • The Library hosts many special events, workshops, and seminars for teachers. Plus, we have a blog channel that highlights the opportunities and resources that are available for teachers throughout the Library system. Learn more about our primary sources, professional development opportunities, and student learning experiences.
  • The Library offers books on the NYC Reads 365 reading list. Refine to tag to find your specific grade level.