Apply In Person

You may obtain a free library card if you live, work, go to school or own property in New York State. Children 11 years old or younger must have a parent or guardian with them, who resides at the same address, when applying for a library card. Identification is required.

Required Identification

Photo identification and proof of applicant's name and address is required. If this application is for a child under age 12, the identification provided must be for the parent/guardian. Identification provided may not be expired. A post office box address may be accepted for the mailing address if a verifiable home address is included on the application.

Please Provide:

  • One of the following New York State IDs: Current driver’s license; photo learner’s permit or non-driver’s identification card.


  • Two of the following IDs with one showing your photo and the other your current address: Current employee photo ID card; NYC welfare ID card; current photo school ID; current photo college/university ID; current passport; photo Alien registration card; Military ID card; Medicare card; working papers; transit pass; any piece of your mail (delivered within the last three months); bank statement (within three months); check or checkbook with name and address; NYS motor vehicle registration; professional, vocational, or union photo IDs; rent bill; current rental or lease agreement; tax bill or receipt, utility bill (electric, gas); telephone bill.