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Public Library Systems in New York City: Table of Contents

About Public Libraries

New York City has three library systems:

  • New York Public Library (NYPL) serves Manhattan, Staten Island, and the Bronx
  • Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) serves Brooklyn
  • Queens Library serves Queens

Each one of them has a central library location, as well as many branch libraries located around the boroughs.

Library Services include:

  • Borrowing physical books for children, young adults, and adults, both fiction and nonfiction
  • Borrowing e-books that can be read on phone, computer, or e-reader
  • Reference services to help you find the book, resource, or information you need
  • Printing, computer use, and free wi-fi
  • Events for babies and children, like storytime, interactive music and movement classes, crafts, games, and homework help
  • Events for teens including crafts, gaming, book groups, movie nights, and homework help
  • Events for adults including book discussion groups, crafts, language classes, and technology workshops
  • Career services, including resume and cover-letter classes, financial counseling, and business resources

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