Knowledge Is Power: Special Edition Library Card at NYPL
Please note: This limited-time special edition card is no longer available at most Library locations. Select locations may have limited supply remaining. Please call ahead to your preferred location before visiting.
Do you believe Knowledge Is Power? Show the world with your library card.
Beginning October 29, 2018, The New York Public Library is offering a limited Special Edition library card in all of its locations featuring the timely message Knowledge Is Power.
Anyone with an existing NYPL card is welcome to get a Knowledge Is Power card at one of our locations for the card replacement fee of $1. If you have never had a NYPL card, please visit a location to apply in person or click Apply Now to apply online.
Since their inception, public libraries have been at the core of our democracy of informed citizens and have made opportunities available to all people. For well over a century they have provided the tools that people need to grow, succeed, and be productive members of civil society, proving that knowledge is indeed power. Show your support for that noble mission by getting the special card.
The Knowledge Is Power card is available on a first come, first served basis in extremely limited quantities. Pick up your card at a location near you.
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. Existing NYPL cardholders can pay the card replacement fee of $1 to get the Knowledge Is Power card at NYPL locations.
Can existing NYPL cardholders get the Knowledge Is Power card?
Existing NYPL cardholders can pay the card replacement fee of $1 to get the Knowledge Is Power card at NYPL locations. The Knowledge Is Power card is available on a first come, first served basis in extremely limited quantities.
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.
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.