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Kids & Teens! Get a New Start at NYC Libraries




A New Start for School

On October 19 you owe zero dollarsLibraries help kids and teens succeed in school. That’s why NYC libraries announced a one-time fine amnesty last fall.

On October 19, 2017, we cleared all fines on all kids’ and teens’ library cards , allowing all of our young users to borrow books again.

So visit the Library today! Click here to find a location nearest you.

Please note: Fines for ages 17 and under were automatically cleared on October 19. Unreturned items due after October 19 continued to accrue fines. High school students ages 18 and up can have their fines cleared in person through February 25, 2018.

For details, ask your librarian or check our Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]


Fine Forgiveness at NYC Libraries

How Fine Forgiveness Works

Using Your Library Card


Your library card lets you take home lots of free library books and more! You can have up to 50 items out at a time. You can keep books, CDs, and audiobooks for 3 weeks and DVDs for 1 week.

Your Online Account

Use the numbers on the back of your library card, plus your four-digit PIN, to log in to your account. This way you can keep track of your books, renew, place holds, and more!

Placing a Hold

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Ask a librarian or log in to your account to have it sent to your branch when it becomes available!

Tips to Avoid Fines

Know Your Due Dates

Highlight the due dates on your receipt and put it on your refrigerator, or write the dates in a calendar. You can also find your due dates by logging in to your account online.

Keep Books in a Special Place

Pick a spot at home to keep your library books, like in a tote bag or on a shelf, so you always know what you have checked out.

How to Renew

Ask a librarian or log in to your account to extend your due date. You can also renew over the phone by calling 212-262-7444. You can renew even if the item is overdue!


Bringing back your materials is easy because you can return them to any NYPL location in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.

This initiative is supported by The JPB Foundation.

5 Reasons to Visit the Library

Free Books
Discover millions of free books, from popular kids series to graphic novels and more. Plus, find e-books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and more!

Computers & Wi-Fi
Connect to the internet for free with your device or log in to free public computers and laptops at any location with your library card.

Cool Programs
Check out tons of programs that are educational and fun, from hands-on science workshops and tech clubs to book talks, crafts, and games.

Safe Spaces
Hang out with friends after school or on weekends in a safe, fun, and welcoming environment.

Homework Resources
Find plenty of resources in the library or online to help you with your homework or school projects, plus sign up for group or one-on-one tutoring.

Did You Know?

There are no fines with e-books! Find out more about borrowing e-books and other digital materials from the Library.

Everyone Is Welcome

The Library is here for kids and teens of all abilities. Learn more about accessible materials, inclusive services, and free accommodations.