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8 (Totally Free!) Things You Can Do With Your Library Card



With your library card from The New York Public Library, you get access to amazing (and totally free!) resources.

Don't have a library card? Anyone who lives, works, attends school, or pays property taxes in New York State is eligible. Apply for a card online or in person at one of 92 NYPL locations in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.

Need to renew your card? Visit any NYPL location and bring along your library card, proof of identity, and proof of your current home address. Renewing only takes a minute.

1. Borrow an E-Book

SimplyE allows you to browse 300,000+ titles, from bestsellers to classics, and read them instantly—whenever and wherever you like!

2. Learn a Language

Mango Languages offers step by step lessons rooted in real-life conversations to help you learn more than 70 languages.

3. Read a Newspaper

PressReader provides current newspapers in full-color, full-page format and includes U.S. and international titles.

4. Stream a Movie

Kanopy features 30,000 classic films, must-see indie hits, award-winning documentaries, and thought-provoking educational programs.

5. Gain a Career Skill

Lynda serves up thousands of courses taught by experts in fields such as web development, education, media production, and business.

6. Flip Through a Magazine

Flipster is your source for the most popular magazines, including Bon Appétit, Sports Illustrated, Time, and People.

7. Prep for a Test

LearningExpress can help you improve your score on academic tests and professional certification exams.

8. Download a Song

Freegal has millions and songs and thousands of music videos and includes tunes from Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists.


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