Celebrating the Library's Top Checkout
In honor of the The New York Public Library's 125th anniversary, we're celebrating our top 10 checkouts of all time with a limited-edition library card (and MetroCard!). Featuring art from the beloved 1962 picture book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, the library card is available at all locations for a limited time. Get yours today—before they disappear!
New cardholders who live, work, attend school, or pay property taxes in New York State are eligible to receive a Snowy Day library card free of charge.
Those who already have an NYPL card are welcome to get a Snowy Day card for a replacement fee of $1 at any library location.
With your library card, you can access a world of free resources: millions of books, newspapers, and databases; the Library’s internationally renowned research collections; free passes to over 40 cultural organizations; streaming documentaries; and online classes, just to name a few.
The Snowy Day card is available on a first come, first served basis in extremely limited quantities. Pick up your card at a location near you or, if you’ve never had an NYPL card, you can start your application online.
New cardholders who live, work, attend school, or pay property taxes in New York State are eligible to receive a New York Public Library card free of charge. Learn more about eligibility for NYPL library cards.
Anyone with an existing NYPL card is welcome to get a Snowy Day card at one of our locations for the card replacement fee of $1.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible for NYPL library cards?
Any person who lives, works, attends school, or pays property taxes in New York State is eligible to receive a New York Public Library card free of charge. Learn more about eligibility for NYPL library cards. Learn how to renew or validate your NYPL card.
What happens after I submit my application?
After you submit your application, you will see a confirmation page with a temporary account number, and you will be able to log in and request books and materials. To get your card, follow the confirmation page instructions.
Do I need to apply online?
You may also apply in person at any library location in the Bronx, Manhattan, or Staten Island.
Can existing NYPL cardholders get the Snowy Day card?
Existing NYPL cardholders can pay the card replacement fee of $1 to get the Snowy Day card at NYPL locations. The Snowy Day card is available on a first come, first served basis in extremely limited quantities.
What about Brooklyn and Queens?
The boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens are each served by their own library systems: Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library.
The New York Public Library gratefully acknowledges the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation for providing images from The Snowy Day for the limited-edition library card and MetroCard.
© Ezra Jack Keats Foundation