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Your Virtual NYSL

Friday, March 20, 2020

The Library's open seven days a week for limited services, and there's still plenty for both members and nonmembers to do on our website as well.

For the most access, join the Library - all levels of membership are currently available including our e-membership.


Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and historian Stacy Schiff talks about the Library.

Join in an upcoming event from home! Here's the list of upcoming online events. (Some are public, some members-only.) More will be announced for the fall!

Enjoy this online gallery of beautiful book covers designed by Margaret Armstrong. Learn more about Armstrong's covers in this article by Barbara Bieck and our online gallery talk. There's also a downloadable coloring book and a wonderful related presentation by three Met Museum curators.

Learn a little something on our blog - recent posts include what we're e-reading now - and jam.

Tease your brain with the literary-themed challenge of our first live-event Trivia Tuesday question set and its lightly Bastille Day-themed sequel!

Visit the Library's COVID-19 Community Archive.

Plan your reading with book recommendations - the latest include books on country music and great New York City books of 2019.

Watch a recorded event from this season or a past one - recent additions include An Evening with Jamaica Kincaid, Laura Rocklyn as Miss Jane Austen, poet Willie Perdomo, and Michael Zapata and Lydia Millet with Amy Brady.

Find fun and educational resources for children and more for tweens and teens. Here's a big list of screen-free activities including crafts and coloring.

Doing research? Our Reference Desk is virtually available to you by email.

Discover the Library’s historic past through digital materials from our print and archival collections in City Readers.

There's lots more on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


It's your Library - learn about it in our video orientations. Here's the full one, and here's one focusing on online resources.

Read an e-book. (Remember you can log in to Cloud Library with your Library Card ID, visible in My Tab on our website or on your NYSL card. Cloud Library instructions are available here.)

Listen to an audiobook.

Flip through an e-magazine.

Take a peek at the Loeb Classical Library, the historic Times Literary Supplement, or another of our many electronic resources.

Bring the kids to an online children's event.

Add your project to the Library's COVID-19 Community Archive.

Our best wishes for good health and good reads.



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