What Are the Requirements to Apply for a Brooklyn Public Library Card?


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Applicants for a Brooklyn Public Library card need to supply their name, address, contact information and date of birth. A current form of identification is required in order to activate the card for use. This can be done at any Brooklyn Public Library branch.

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The Brooklyn Public Library system offers library cards free of charge to any person who lives, pays property taxes, goes to school or works in the state of New York. A person can only hold one library card. If the card is lost or stolen, it should be reported to a nearby branch immediately. There is a small fee to replace the card.

To apply for a card, those over the age of 13 can complete the online application or visit the library in person to fill out the form. People who choose to submit the application online have the choice of picking the card up at a local library branch or having it mailed to them. Patrons under the age of 13 must visit a local branch to complete the application in person.

While there is no fee for an initial library card, applicants must bring a proper form of identification in order to activate it. Acceptable forms of identification include a current New York state driver's license, current photo learner's permit, current IDNYC municipal identification card, current school photo ID and current report card with mailing address.

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