125th Anniversary

Limited-Edition Library Card: The Snowy Day

With your library card, you can access a world of free resources: millions of books, newspapers, and databases; the Library’s internationally renowned research collections; free passes to over 40 cultural organizations; streaming documentaries; and online classes, just to name a few.

The Snowy Day card is available on a first come, first served basis in extremely limited quantities. Pick up your card at a location near you or, if you’ve never had an NYPL card, you can start your application online.

New cardholders who live, work, attend school, or pay property taxes in New York State are eligible to receive a New York Public Library card free of charge. Learn more about eligibility for NYPL library cards.

By submitting an application, you understand and agree to our Cardholder Terms and Conditions and agree to our Rules and Regulations. To learn more about The Library’s use of personal information, please read our Privacy Policy.

Anyone with an existing NYPL card is welcome to get a Snowy Day card at one of our locations for the card replacement fee of $1.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for NYPL library cards? 

Any person who lives, works, attends school, or pays property taxes in New York State is eligible to receive a New York Public Library card free of charge. Learn more about eligibility for NYPL library cards. Learn how to renew or validate your NYPL card.  

What happens after I submit my application? 

After you submit your application, you will see a confirmation page with a temporary account number, and you will be able to log in and request books and materials. To get your card, follow the confirmation page instructions.

Do I need to apply online? 

You may also apply in person at any library location in the Bronx, Manhattan, or Staten Island. 

Can existing NYPL cardholders get the Snowy Day card? 

Existing NYPL cardholders can pay the card replacement fee of $1 to get the Snowy Day card at NYPL locations. The Snowy Day card is available on a first come, first served basis in extremely limited quantities. 

What about Brooklyn and Queens?

The boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens are each served by their own library systems: Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library.