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Welcome! Get a free library card from The New York Public Library.

Apply for a Library Card Online

New York residents ages 13 and older can get a digital library card through our online card application and gain access to an array of digital resources. You may also request physical items with your digital account; however you will need to check out your items with a physical card.

If you are an international researcher looking to request research materials ahead of your visit, please use our alternate form.

Digital Library Cards for Kids

Patrons 12 and under can apply for a digital library card with a parent or guardian through our free e-reader app SimplyE. Note: These accounts cannot be restricted to only children’s materials. Learn more about how to download and get started with SimplyE for iOS and SimplyE for Android.

Apply for a Library Card at an NYPL Location 

To borrow physical and digital materials, please visit one of our locations with proof of ID and address to complete the application for a physical card. Apply for a library card at a New York Public Library location near you. Find a location near you.

Renew Your Expired Card

If you currently have an NYPL account and your card has expired, please do not apply for a new card. Duplicate records will be deleted. Learn more about how to renew your card here.



By submitting an application, you understand and agree to our Cardholder Terms and Conditions and agree to our Rules and Regulations. To learn more about The Library’s use of personal information, please read our Privacy Policy.