UPDATE: New York Public Library locations CLOSED to the public beginning Saturday, March 14 through at least Tuesday, March 31

After carefully considering a multitude of factors and the rapidly changing situation in New York City around novel coronavirus (COVID-19), all New York Public Library locations will be closed to the public beginning on Saturday, March 14 through at least Tuesday, March 31.

Please note that Friday, March 13 will be the last day that patrons can pick up holds or borrow books until library locations reopen.

We made this decision to support the overall health and wellness of our communities and for the safety of our patrons and staff. It was a difficult decision, as we care deeply about serving the public, but the responsible thing to do—and the best way to serve our patrons right now—is to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. While we have been proud to stay open to serve the public amid storms and other emergencies, the best way we can serve our patrons now is to help contain the virus, especially as our patrons include many seniors and others at high risk.

We know the Library is a critical resource for New Yorkers of all ages, so we are taking steps to support our patrons as much as possible during this temporary closure:
  • All late fees will be suspended and due dates extended during the closure period.
  • The Library is working to expand access to e-books and increase awareness of our vast array of online resources. For example, New Yorkers can sign up for a library card to read e-books on our SimplyE app, use research databases, and much more. To learn more, visit our website, or stay tuned for email updates. (If you received this email from a friend, you can sign up for updates with our new NYPL Connect e-newsletter .)
  • Patrons can access the Library's Census resources online.
  • All branches will be sanitized before they reopen.
  • Ask NYPL virtual reference will be available and answering any questions.
The safety and health of our patrons and staff are the Library’s top priority. Please continue to check our coronavirus webpage for updates and contact Ask NYPL with questions. It is important that we all do our part to keep our communities healthy and safe.


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