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. Now, Roc Nation and Brooklyn Public Library are partnering 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— is 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 have joined forces to create 13 limited-edition library cards, each featuring art from an iconic JAY-Z album—from Reasonable Doubt to 4:44. 

The Book of HOV library card designs are available at branches across Brooklyn. See below for the locations of each design.

At Central Library, individual card designs are available on a rotating basis. Here is the upcoming schedule:

  • Blueprint 3: Available September 25 - October 1
  • The Blueprint: Available October 2 - October 8
  • Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life: Available October 9 - October 15

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. Get yours while supplies last!

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

The library card for Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life
Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life

Available at the following locations:


Library card version of Blueprint
The Blueprint

Available at the following locations:

Library card of The Black Album
The Black Album

Available at the following locations: 

Library card of Reasonable Doubt
Reasonable Doubt

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