All available libraries across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island are open. Please check our location finder for current hours and status before visiting. Plus, discover our Bookmobile services.
Learn more about branches offering free, at-home COVID-19 tests for the general public.
Did you know you can request books and other materials to pick up at your local library? Learn how you can place a hold to have items delivered to the branch of your choice for pickup.
Update: As of October 2021, all late fines were eliminated going forward—and all prior fines and fees in patron accounts were cleared. Learn more.
The Library is providing at-home COVID-19 tests at all open locations, in partnership with New York Test & Trace Corps.
Socially Distanced Checkout Procedures
The Library now offers three safe, socially distant ways for patrons to check out their holds and other materials. All patrons must check out items before leaving our branches, using either our staff-assisted process or express self-checkout stations, or the new NYPL app.
Bring your library card—download our mobile app—when you visit the library.
Policies & Procedures
To ensure the health and safety of the public and our staff, policies and procedures created in collaboration with safety experts must be followed.
At all our open locations:
- Masks are strongly recommended.
- Holds placed online or on the phone can be picked up at your designated branch.
- Materials must be checked out using one of the Library’s three socially distant checkout systems.
- Materials must be returned in designated areas, including book drops.
- Visitors may browse materials for an unlimited amount of time.
- Advanced reservations are available to use public computers. Learn more.
- Laptops are available to use at our libraries by request .
- General available space and library seating may be used for an unlimited amount of time.
- Visitors can sign up for a library card or update their card’s status from digital-only to full borrowing privileges.
In addition, the Library is taking precautionary cleaning measures, as well as making a few accommodations for patron accounts, during this period of service:
- Late fines on all items have been eliminated as of October 2021.
- New Yorkers issued digital library cards during closure must update their card type in order to check out physical materials.
Our research centers have restored onsite access to their collections. In addition, service has been expanded at select locations to permit walk-in patrons who want to sit in public reading rooms, including the Rose Main Reading Room at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, for quiet study, thought, and computer use. Some research divisions are operating on an appointment-only basis, in line with pre-pandemic service. Find out how to access collections and services at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and the Thomas Yoseloff Business Center at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL).
Research services will continue to serve patrons virtually via at-home access to research databases, virtual reference, staff monitoring research requests, etc. More information here.
Sign up for NYPL Connect to get updates from NYPL and information about our digital resources and services available during our phased reopening.
The New York Public Library is here to help people of all ages learn and engage with their communities through our online classes, programs, book clubs, and more.
During these challenging times, the Library is here to help our communities to find the resources they need. NYPL has collected a selection of links to help our patrons find important information and help. Explore these categories to find tips for economic resources, health and wellness services, housing information, and more.
The Library has loads of resources available for all ages. You can find complete, trustworthy information quickly using the Library’s online tools. Visit this vital digital tool for young learners and their parents and caretakers.
The Library has a wide array of resources to support New York’s educators, whether they’re teaching online, looking for materials to support their curriculum, or connecting students with engaging learning aids.