Over 200 libraries throughout the city offer millions of books, resources, events, and Internet access—free. Yet, many people do not have library cards. The New York City Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) wants adults and youths to get library card.
Many adult education students do not have a library card, have not visited a library in person or online, and are missing out on fantastic resources, events, and services. A library card is a key to physical and electronic resources, events, and services at the many locations of the New York Public Library (90 locations in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island; www.nypl.org), Brooklyn Public Library (60 libraries; www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org), and Queens Library (62 locations; www.queenslibrary.org). With a library card, individuals can borrow materials, reserve computers, and search the electronic databases.
To apply for a library card, adults must provide proof of identity that verifies their residence, work, school, or pay property taxes in New York State. Acceptable identification include a current driver’s license, a current photo learner’s permit, or a current nondriver’s identification. Individuals who do not have any identification to visit the official NYC Get Your ID website at www.nyc.gov/html/id.