The Book of HOV: Limited-Edition Library Cards

Celebrate the work of JAY-Z with 13 limited-edition library cards honoring each iconic album

For decades, Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter has redefined and elevated music and culture on a global scale. To celebrate his work, Roc Nation and Brooklyn Public Library partnered to present the first exhibition dedicated to the Brooklyn native’s monumental work. The Book of HOV— one of the few exhibits of its scope to be housed in an active public space— was a free, immersive experience featuring never-before-seen images, art and ephemera from the artist's archives, providing viewers with an unparalleled look at an extraordinary life and career.

As part of the celebration and in honor of JAY-Z’s unparalleled body of work, Brooklyn Public Library and Roc Nation joined forces to create 13 limited-edition library cards, each featuring art from an iconic JAY-Z album—from Reasonable Doubt to 4:44. 

A Brooklyn Public Library card is all New Yorkers need to access millions of free books and media; vinyl records and musical instruments; free passes to cultural organizations; and programming, classes, social services and resources for every stage of life. 

Select cards are available at branches throughout Brooklyn while supplies last. View all 13 The Book of HOV cards:

The library card for Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life
Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
Library card version of Blueprint
The Blueprint
Library card of The Black Album
The Black Album
Library card of Reasonable Doubt
Reasonable Doubt
Library card In My Lifetime
In My Lifetime, Vol. 1
Library Card of Dynasty
Library Card of Magna Carta
Magna Carta Holy Grail
Library Card of Volume 3
Blueprint 2
Library card of Blueprint 3
Blueprint 3
Library Card of American Gangster
American Gangster
Library Card of Life and Times
Vol. 3: Life and Times of S. Carter
Library Card for 4:44
Library Card of Kingdom Come
Kingdom Come


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Brooklyn Public Library's card is free for anyone who lives, works, pays property taxes or goes to school in New York state.  Proof of eligibility is required (i.e. current driver's license, paystub, utility bill, etc. For a full list, click here). All patrons must be present in person to receive The Book of HOV library card, regardless of age,

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