NYPL Updates: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information


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NYPL Update

After carefully considering a multitude of factors and the rapidly changing situation in New York City around novel coronavirus (COVID-19), all NYPL locations in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island are temporarily closing to the public beginning on Saturday, March 14 through at least Tuesday, March 31. Please check back here for updates and more information.

Read a message from NYPL President Tony Marx about the temporary closure.

Sign up for NYPL Connect to get updates from NYPL and information about our digital resources and services available during our temporary closure.

More Information

Are there any library resources I can use while branches are closed?
Yes. The Library provides a wide array of digital offerings, including e-books for borrowing on our SimplyE app, research databases, and access to a multitude of online resources.

What if my items are due? Will I accrue late fees?
The due dates for all checked-out circulating materials have been extended to April 15. No late fees should accrue on materials that were originally due during the closure period.

Can I drop off my materials in outdoor book drops?
Outdoor book drops will also be closed during this time period.

What if some of my holds are ready for pick up?
Holds that are listed as ready for pick-up will be held at the branches until April 15. Please disregard the pick-up by date listed in your account.

My library card is about to expire. How can I renew?
All accounts nearing their expiration dates in March have been renewed until June of this year.

I have a question about my account? Is there anyone that can help me?
If you have any questions about your account or how to access digital resources please reach out to Ask NYPL.

For Your Safety

As New York City experiences an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), The New York Public Library is committed to maintaining essential library services for our users while ensuring the health and safety of our patrons and staff.

The Library is actively monitoring the situation and working closely with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to follow all recommended guidelines for the cleaning and operation of our branches, including:

  • More frequent cleaning schedule for all of our locations
  • Increased focus on cleaning high-touch or shared surfaces, including public computer
  • keyboards, service counters, door knobs, handrails
  • Removal of nonessential high-touch items, such as puzzles, toys, etc.
  • Expanded signage promoting recommended public hygiene practices, including frequent hand-washing and emphasizing the City’s message that if you're sick, STAY HOME

Library Resources You Can Access From Home

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How to Access the Library's Digital Resources 24/7

The Library has plenty of online tools for all ages. Discover the our wide range of digital resources — including e-books, e-audiobooks, databases, our Digital Collections, and more. Whether you're at the Library, at school, or at home, you can access a wide range of resources with your library card. Need to manage your account after hours or remotely? You can renew books, place holds, and more. Don't forget to sign up for email updates for the latest news from the Library.


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Research at NYPL: Remote Access to Collections and Services

Need remote access to the Library's research collections and services? Get help from the research librarians and curators at AskNYPL, explore thousands of scholarly e-books, use our electronic document delivery services, and more.


What You Can Do

Keep Yourself and Your Community Healthy

  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or your upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Discard used tissues immediately.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer that is 60–90% alcohol-based.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice social distancing. Try to keep an optimal six-foot distance from other people.
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well or experiencing flu-like symptoms. Contact your doctor. Call 311 if you need connection to a medical professional.

Up-to-Date Health Alerts & Information

Notify NYC

Check New York City's official source of emergency alerts for recent updates. Text "COVID" to 692692 to get the latest updates about coronavirus from Notify NYC.

NYC Health: Coronavirus

Learn about COVID-19 symptoms and prevention, and see the current case count in New York City.

New York State Department of Health: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Review FAQs, press releases, and other information related to 2019 novel (new) coronavirus.

CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019

Look to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for some of the most comprehensive information available regarding the coronavirus outbreak.

Where to Find Up-to-Date Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) for New York City Residents

New Yorkers have contacted the Library's reference desk seeking answers about 2019 novel (new) coronavirus. Here's a list of websites with updated information on the virus and prevention.