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New York Libraries and Free Resources

There’s a surprising amount of free resources out there for you to take advantage of. We’ll start to feature some of these resources here on the Research Center’s blog. We’ll start with the New York Public Library and New York State Library.

Starting with the New York Public Library (NYPL) you can find articles, facts, statistics, news, images, and more by accessing this link:


All you need to access most of these databases is a NYPL library card, here’s the information on how to sign up for a library card:


In addition to NYPL, the New York State Library (NYSL) offers free resources; you will need a NYSL library card and NYS driver’s license to obtain most of these resources listed below:


Here’s the information on how to sign up for NYSL library card:


Additionally, check out our blog post on finding films, videos and DVDs at NYPL:


If you have any suggestions on free resources you’d like to see featured here, please let us know!

-research by Kate Zhao

Want more films, videos and DVDs?

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts has a Reserve Film and Video Collection, which recognizes itself as one of the largest collections of its kind in the nation. All you need to access this resource is a NYPL library card. You will a state-issued form of ID and proof of address in order to obtain a library card.

The Reserve Film and Video Collection includes more than 6,000 16mm films, 5,000 VHS videocassettes and 1,000 DVDs. There is a two week waiting period to screen films, so plan accordingly. The collection’s strengths are its political, social and cultural documentaries, experimental films, video art, animation, short fictional works; and films and videos created by and for children and young adults.

The Reserve Film and Video Collection is located on 65th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, here are directions via Hopstop. The collection is housed on the 2nd floor, adjacent to the Drama Reference Desk.

For hours, circulation policies and other relevant information, please visit the Reserve Film and Video Collection