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Bringing the Public Library to NYC Schools

Designed exclusively for New York City public school teachers, MyLibraryNYC is an innovative partnership between the New York City Department of Education and the city’s three public library systems—Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library, and Queens Library. 

MyLibraryNYCMyLibraryNYC provides participating schools with:

  • fine-free student and educator library cards;
  • school delivery of Teacher Sets and single items from the Public Library;
  • student and educator access to the Library's unparalleled digital resources for children and young adults/teens.

With their MyLibraryNYC library cards educators can:

  • Borrow up to 100 items
  • Borrow 'Teacher Sets' - materials designed for the exclusive use of teachers in the MyLibraryNYC program
  • Request multiple copies of single items from NYPL's catalog and multiple copies of Teacher Sets  
  • Place up to 50 holds at a time
  • Keep all books and teacher sets for 60 days
  • Avoid all overdue fees and lost charges on books
  • Get books delivered directly to their school via UPS once/week—for free!

Who can participate?

Only educators at MyLibraryNYC participating schools are eligible for school delivery of library materials, and eligible to borrow teacher sets. Not sure if your school is a MyLibraryNYC school? See the complete list of participating schools at

What are Teacher Sets?

Created by NYPL’s expert librarians and for the exclusive use of educators in the MyLibraryNYC program, Teacher Sets contain 10–35 books, delivered to your school in two weeks by UPS, created by expert librarians. 

There are three types of Teacher Sets:

  1. Topic Sets (10-30 copies of multiple titles on a single topic, such as "New York City Picture Books," "Award Winning Nonfiction," or "Native Americans in New York")
  2. Book Club Sets (10 copies of a single title, such as the nonfiction bestsellers The Monuments Men or This Star Won’t Go Out)
  3. Classroom Sets (30-35 copies of a single title, like American Born Chinese, or Charlotte's Web; Classroom Sets for Gr. K-5 have 30 copies of one title and Classroom Sets for Gr. 6-12 have 35 copies of one title)

Choose from a variety of K–12 subject areas—English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Spanish Language Arts, Math, and Arts. There are thousands of Teacher Sets to choose from!

How do I place an order?

If your school is part of MyLibraryNYC, you can order Teacher Sets and individual titles and have them delivered direct to your school—for free. Just visit

How long can I borrow the books?

Teachers can keep books and Teacher Sets for up to 60 days. Plus, teachers never pay fines on overdue books.

What if I have questions?

For schools in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, call 917-275-6975 or email For questions about cards, holds, delivery, and more, visit and explore the Help menu.

MyLibraryNYC is for students, too!

Students at participating schools need only one card to use both their school library and public library. That provides bigger borrowing access to books, ebooks, DVDs, databases, and more. From research projects to recreational reading, MyLibraryNYC expands students' options. With enhanced public library privileges such as extended loan periods and increased item borrowing limits, MyLibraryNYC helps facilitate a love of libraries and learning.

Today serving 500+ New York City public schools, MyLibraryNYC is an innovative new partnership between the New York City Department of Education and the city’s three public library systems—Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library, and Queens Library. (Citi, and Citi with Arc Design are registered service marks of Citigroup Inc. © 2015 Citigroup Inc.)

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