Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

The City's three library systems are reopening in phases. Limited services will be provided at select locations. Detailed information, including which locations are reopening, is available online. 

Get the latest reopening information about:

New York Public Library (NYPL) Reopening

Beginning Tuesday, July 6, all available branches (except those undergoing renovation or being used by the City) will be open with close to full service, including general library use and seating, unlimited browsing, computer access, and more. Masks are required in all NYPL locations.

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) Reopening

As of June 28, select BPL locations have indoor seating available. All BPL locations will have indoor seating available by Tuesday, July 6. Many locations also provide outdoor seating. Masks are required in all BPL locations.

Queens Public Library (QPL) Reopening

Beginning Tuesday, July 6, unlimited browsing and open seating at reopened QPL locations will be available without time limits or distancing requirements. Computers will be available for one-hour reservations. Masks will be optional for staff and customers who are fully vaccinated and required for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

Nearly all remaining library locations will reopen on Monday, July 12, and expanding hours. Several branches—Flushing, Glendale, Ozone Park, Pomonok, Queens Village, South Jamaica, Steinway, and Woodhaven—will be unavailable to open on this date due to construction, needed repairs, or their temporary use for other purposes (for example, serving as vaccination sites for the City.)

Need something else?

You can get information about the three library systems in New York City.

Use Site Finder to search for a Library.

You can learn more about all branches of the New York Public Library (NYPL) system, including:

  • Locations
  • Hours
  • Services
  • Events

NYPL serves the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.

Online

Visit the New York Public Library website.

By Phone

  • Agency: New York Public Library
  • Phone Number: (212) 930-0800
  • Business Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9 AM - 6 PM

You can learn more about the Brooklyn Public Library system including:

  • Locations
  • Hours
  • Services
  • Events

Online

Visit the Brooklyn Public Library website.

By Phone

  • Agency: Brooklyn Public Library
  • Phone Number: (718) 230-2100
  • Business Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9 AM - 9 PM; Friday - Saturday: 9 AM - 6 PM; Sunday: 1 PM - 5 PM

You can learn more about the Queens Public Library system including:

  • Locations
  • Hours
  • Services
  • Events

Online

Visit the Queens Public Library website.

By Phone

  • Agency: Queens Borough Public Library
  • Phone Number: (718) 990-0700
  • Business Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9 AM - 9 PM; Friday: 9 AM - 7 PM; Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM; Sunday: Noon - 5 PM

Read Away Your Fees Program

Readers up to the age of 21 can erase all their library fines and fees by participating in the “Read Away Your Fees” program. For roughly every 30 minutes you read, you will get a $1 non-transferrable Library Buck Coupon. Reading takes place inside the library and can be any material of choice. This program is available year around.

Call 311 for assistance.

Contact your local library for information about the Summer Reading Program.

Learn more about the Summer Reading Program.

You can make a complaint about a library branch or library employee in each of the library systems in New York City.

Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island

Online

Make a complaint about a library in the Bronx, Manhattan, or Staten Island.

By Phone

  • Agency: New York Public Library
  • Phone Number: (212) 930-0800
  • Business Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9 AM - 6 PM

  • Agency: Brooklyn Public Library
  • Phone Number: (718) 230-2100
  • Business Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9 AM - 9 PM; Friday - Saturday: 9 AM - 6 PM; Sunday: 1 PM - 5 PM

  • Agency: Queens Borough Public Library
  • Phone Number: (718) 990-0700
  • Business Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9 AM - 9 PM; Friday: 9 AM - 7 PM; Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM; Sunday: Noon - 5 PM