MyLibraryNYC Resources

MyLibraryNYC is a new initiative to connect New York City public libraries and participating NYC Department of Education (“DOE”) school libraries. MyLibraryNYC will enable teachers and students to search for materials beyond their own school library, giving expanded access to books, DVDs, magazines, newspapers, online databases and other digital materials, and many other resources with high-quality information that can be used for class assignments and personal interest. Additionally, MyLibraryNYC educators can check out teacher sets, book collections curated by NYPL librarians, available for delivery directly to participating schools. 

With MyLibraryNYC library cards, teachers and students enjoy no fines on books from Brooklyn Public Library. Currently over 120 Brooklyn public schools are participating in the MyLibraryNYC program.

Getting Started

Educator Cards – Contact your school librarian for more information about how to get your MyLibraryNYC Educator card. Download our guide to Educator and Student cards.

School/BPL Joint Catalog – Access your school’s catalog by visiting, selecting your borough from the drop down menu, and then typing in your school’s name.

Activating New Cards

  • Educator cards: Ask your school librarian for help, or download our step-by-step registration instructions.
  • Student cards: Fill out our all-ages online activation form
  • Teachers scheduling a class visit (students 12 and under): Download our MyLibraryNYC Student Card Application [English only], and send home for parents to complete. Bring completed applications to the BPL branch at least two weeks ahead of your class visit. See your school librarian with questions or for student card applications in other languages.
  • Teachers scheduling a class visit (students 13 and over): With their card barcodes, students can fill out our all-ages online activation form before their class visit to the library.

Using the MyLibraryNYC catalogDownload our guide on the features of the BiblioCommons catalog: searching, placing holds, making booklists… and more!

Teacher Sets – Ask your school librarian for help, or download our Teacher Set FAQ and step-by-step instructions.

Databases and Downloadable Media, Class Visits, and Special Events – To take advantage of everything the library has to offer, visit our Teacher Resource page for more information about the wide array of resources and services available to educators.

Tips and How To's for Teachers

BPL Outreach Librarians have assembled short how-to guides on a variety of topics … feel free to download and distribute as needed. Let us know if you like us to add a topic not seen here!

For teachers in Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island and Queens:

Tips for Using MyLibraryNYC in the Classroom

Tools for Sharing MyLibraryNYC with Students and Parents