Census 2020 at NYPL

Time is running out to make your community count. Take the census.

Complete your 2020 Census form online today or by calling (844) 330-2020.

Time is running out to make sure New York City gets the resources it deserves. The deadline for New Yorkers to fill out their census and make sure their communities are counted is this week!

The internet self-response census form will be available until 6 AM Eastern Daylight Time on October 16, 2020. Phone response will be available until 2 AM Eastern Daylight Time on October 16, 2020. Paper responses mailed in must be postmarked by October 15, 2020. Census takers will continue resolving nonresponding addresses through the end of the day on October 15, 2020.

Answer 10 questions in just 10 minutes—and impact your community for the next 10 years. There are no questions about immigration or citizenship status, and you do not need the paper mailer or code.

The census determines what New York receives in millions of dollars of funding, representation in Washington, and more. Complete your census—and encourage your community to, as well. An accurate count affects how our city can fund everything from schools to hospitals to transportation. There’s never been a more important time to make sure your community is heard.

Right now, New York City only has a 60 percent response rate, behind the national average. You can see how that breaks down to response rates for each of our neighborhood branches. New Yorkers are in danger of losing seats in Congress—not to mention millions of dollars of federal funding. We can’t let New York City fail.

Don't let NYC lose important resources. Be counted! Complete the 2020 Census.

Complete your 2020 Census form online today or by calling (844) 330-2020.

The online form and phone line are available in 13 languages including English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese), Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Japanese, and by TDD (Telephone Display Device).

Every 10 years, the United States takes a count of every person living here. The Census is so much more than just a count. Even with the current spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York City, it is as important as ever to get an accurate count of every New Yorker. Federal funding determined by Census response rates are key to supporting the health of our communities long-term. (Español, 简体中文)


Learn More About the 2020 Census

The Library remains committed to helping New Yorkers get counted safely in light of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Census information is used to determine New York City’s fair share of $675 billion in federal funds for public education, public housing, infrastructure, and more each year—as well as the number of seats we have in Congress.

Because so much is at stake, it’s critical that New Yorkers stand up and be counted in the 2020 Census. Learn more about the Census.

Note: Census takers will never ask you your citizenship status, your social security number, or for money, donations, banking, or credit card information.


Census Resources

Census.gov Help & FAQs

Get help with all of your basic Census questions with these official resources

Census.gov Language Support

Find guides in 59 non-English languages to help answer your Census questions

You Can Count On New York Contest

In partnership with NYC Census 2020, Seamless is giving away ten $1,000 gift cards to New Yorkers who complete the 2020 Census.

The sponsor of this contest may collect personal information from you when you enter the Competition. The information collected is subject to the privacy policy located here. The Competition is in no way affiliated with the United States Census Bureau. Any information you provide as a part of your Submission is not covered by Title 13 of the United States Code.

We Count! Resources for Kids

Talk to your family about what the Census is and why it’s important that kids count


How You Can Help

Become a Census Ambassador 

Reach out to your Complete Count committee or local community organizations to let them know that the Library is supporting the Census and wants to ensure that everyone is counted in the 2020 Census. 


Everyone Counts at the Library

For more than a century, New York City's public libraries have supported and strengthened New Yorkers, our nation's democratic foundation, and our world by welcoming all and employing values of trust, inclusion, respect, and free and open access to information, knowledge, and opportunity. As trusted community centers, NYC public libraries are the City’s key partner in ensuring every New Yorker gets counted during the critical 2020 Census.

For more assistance, get in touch with Ask NYPL.

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Complete your 2020 Census form online or by calling (844) 330-2020.


NYPL Census efforts are made possible thanks to the support of NYC Census. Additional support is provided by Craig Newmark Philanthropies and FJC-A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds.