Story Line

Available languages: Español | 普通话 | Pусский | 日本語

Are you ready for a story? Let’s listen.

The New York Public Library's Story Line offers recorded stories on demand. Listen to children’s books performed by one of our talented librarians in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, or Japanese. Listen on Spotify, Apple, or Amazon.








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Get a library card

If you’re 13 or older, and live, work, attend school, or pay property taxes in New York State, you can get a free digital library card right now. Visitors to New York State can also apply for a temporary card. With a digital library card, you get free access to the Library’s wide array of digital resources, including e-books, databases, educational resources, and more.


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Browse and borrow more than 300,000 e-books and audiobooks using The New York Public Library’s free e-reader app. SimplyE is available for download for iOS and Android.


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Shelf Help

Not sure what to read next? The New York Public Library has got you covered! Tell us what you like and we’ll choose five books just for you. This service is available online, by phone, and by dropping off a request form at your nearest open branch.


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NYPL app

Get the power of NYPL—anytime, anywhere. With the NYPL app, you can access everything the Library has to offer from home or while you’re on the go. Search the catalog and request books for pickup, use your phone for self-checkout, and manage your account on the go.


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Online Storytime

Every weekday, enjoy new storytimes brought to you by our expert children’s librarians as they read beloved books, sing songs, and share early literacy tips. Plus, explore special STEAM storytimes, Drag Queen Story Hour, and stories told in world languages.


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Early Learners

Explore everything the Library offers early learners, including early literacy and numeracy activity packs, guides for at-home storytime and learning through play, and NYPL Sings!, the Library’s full-length album of songs created by children’s librarians.


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