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Your Virtual NYSL

Friday, March 20, 2020

The Library's closed right now for reasons of everyone's health - but there's plenty for both members and nonmembers to do on our website.

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


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

Add your voice to our monthly one-question survey! This month, we're wondering where you're reading these days - in bed? in Biloxi? Add your answer here.

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

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.

Learn a little something on our blog - recent posts include an inspiring message with comfort reading, what Isaac Newton did during the plague, and Hoyt's Indestructible Bindings.

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 Maggie Jackson on work-life balance, Eric K. Washington on the history of Grand Central Terminal's Red Caps, and Thomas Travisano on Elizabeth Bishop.

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 new 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 new COVID-19 Community Archive.

Our best wishes for good health and good reads.



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