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Guide to the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research & Reference Division: Get a Library Card

Welcome! This guide will provide an overview of the Research & Reference Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Getting a New York Public Library Card

Sign up to get a NYPL card herehttps://www.nypl.org/library-card 

City residents and those working or attending school within the five boroughs will need to pick their card up at any one of our 92 locations in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island.

Visitors to New York City from the United States
If your home address is in the United States, but not New York State or City, you qualify as a New York City Visitor from the United States, and you are eligible for a temporary card. You must pick up your card in person at an NYPL location in the Bronx, Manhattan, or Staten Island within three months of submitting your application. The card will remain valid for three months, at which point you will need to renew again in person.

Visitors to New York City from Outside the United States
International visitors are welcome to apply for a three month visitor's card. After you apply online, pick up your card in person at an NYPL location in the Bronx, Manhattan, or Staten Island.  Please note in addition to photo ID we require proof of permanent  address i.e. utility bill or driver's license.