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You now have a few ways to sign up for a limited edition New York Public Library (NYPL) card! All Barnard students are eligible for a free library card.

  • Online (only if physically in New York State, and you’ll need to stop by a branch some time for the actual card)
  • At any NYPL branch (bring your student ID)
  • Or with a Barnard Personal Librarian! PLs all have NYPL cards in our offices and can sign you up on the spot (your card won’t be active for a week though)

The NYPL has 92 locations in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island, with items that can be shipped directly to the branch of your choice for easy pick-up! (The closest branches to Barnard are the Morningside Heights and George Bruce branches.)

The NYPL has more than 6 million items circulating, including books, e-books, audiobooks, music, and movies. Thank you to our friends at the George Bruce branch for working with us to make on-campus card signups happen!

New York Public Library Card with the Snowy Day on it