The New York Public Library, through its Outreach Services and Adult Programming, is committed to meeting the needs of the underserved, as well as assisting people with special needs in NYPL communities. Our goals are to develop and implement relevant library services for the following populations: homebound populations, people in jails and prisons, formerly incarcerated individuals, older adults, persons with disabilities, veterans, and persons without homes. We are committed to delivering library services and programs where people live, especially if they have difficulty getting to our branches. Because the Library has the unique privilege of serving everyone in our communities, we strive to train and assist staff in NYPL locations in best meeting the needs of our diverse public.
As the average age increases with the aging of the Baby Boom generation—generally accepted as those born 1946-1964—the Library has added links and programs targeting those midlife and beyond.
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The Library works with nursing homes, assisted living residences, and other adult homes in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island whenever possible. Since these residents may no longer be able to visit the library in person, we bring library services to them.
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Immigrants constitute 29 percent of the population of Manhattan and the Bronx and 16 percent of Staten Island’s population. The Library helps non-English speaking immigrants understand and interact with the culture, government, and educational system of the United States.Read More ›
NYPL's Correctional Services Program serves jails and prisons in the New York City area. The goal of Correctional Services is to offer regular, sustainable, and quality library services to justice involved people and their families in and around New York.
NYPL's Correctional Services consists of four staff members and several outstanding volunteers. From May 2013 until April 2014, we have served over 12,400 patrons with our regular circulating book services at our five satellite libraries inside city jails. Many incarcerated men and women are avid readers and we witness Read More ›
The New York Public Library is partnering with the New York City Mayor's office to help New Yorkers obtain government ID. This program is part of the Young Men's Initiative which aims to improve the quality of life of young black and Latino men in New York City.
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