NOTE: Only residents of the three NYC boroughs served by the NYPL -  "da Bronx", Manhattan, and Staten Island - can use a IDNYC card as a NYPL card.



The IDNYC card is a free municipal ID for all New Yorkers that not only provides government photo identification, but can be used as a library card, gets you free memberships to more than 30 cultural institutions, qualifies you for discounts at health and wellness centers, and a multitude of other benefits.


New Yorkers can sign up for an IDNYC card at several city locations, including two branches of The New York Public Library — Bronx Library Center or Mid-Manhattan Library. The cards will either be mailed to their homes, or can be picked up from the sign-up location if the applicant does not have a home address.

Once individuals receive their IDNYC cards, they can visit their local library branches and activate them as library cards. New patrons can open a new account, and current patrons can add their IDNYC card to their library accounts, which will allow them to use either card to access library services.


For more information including how to apply and other benefits, check out or call 311. For more information about library cards and what they offer, go to, or call 917-ASK-NYPL.

The IDNYC enrollment offices at Bronx Library Center and Mid-Manhattan Library are by appointment. You can make an appointment by calling 311 or visiting


Source: IDNYC | The New York Public Library

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