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Remote Learning Resources: NYPL

April 22, 2020 | by hgadmin

NYPL is temporarily closed. Check out some of the wide array of online resources NYPL offers:

Academic Support

Get free, online homework help from one-on-one tutors, daily from 2 PM to 11 PM through our partnership with Brainfuse. Available in English and Spanish, for early elementary through high school students, in core subject areas. Explore more from the Library's academic resources 24/7, including our wide array of online learning aids for all ages and teaching resources for educators.

Reading Resources

Need some good book recommendations? Or access to e-books? Read aloud suggestions? We’ve got all your at-home reading needs covered for kids of all ages.

We’re here to help bring the joy of books to our youngest readers, too. Enjoy weekday storytimes brought directly to you by our expert children's librarians as they read beloved books, sing songs, and share early literacy tips.

Engaging Activities to Do at Home

It’s important for young minds to explore their imaginations. We have ideas for arts and crafts, science experiments, and more included in our Learn at Home calendars for Grades Pre-K–2, Grades 3–5, Grades 6–8, and Grades 9–12.

Note: Some of these resources, such as live virtual homework assistance and access to some databases, are available only with your NYPL library card. Other resources, such as practice tests and video read alouds, are available without a library card. If you need to sign up for a library card, use the SimplyE app.

Resources For Educators

The Library also has a wide array of resources to support New York's educators, whether they’re teaching online, looking for materials to support their curriculum, or connecting students with engaging learning aids.

Pre-K to 2nd Grade

Discover reading exercises, resources, Online Storytime, and more for parents and caregivers to help develop your young child’s literacy and reading skills at home and as they prepare for school.

3rd to 5th Grade

Find a variety of activities to support school-age children’s learning from home, whether reading aloud or seeking help with school online.

Middle School

From interactive online resources to homework tutoring, the Library can help middle-grade kids keep their skills sharp and get ready for the future.

High School

The Library is the place for teens to find everything they need to help them succeed, from research databases, to online homework help, to college and career preparation.

Talking About Coronavirus with Kids & Teens

For information and resources to help parents and caregivers explain the coronavirus and the preparations around it, visit our page on talking about coronavirus with children and teens.


Hand holding phone with SimplyE on screenWith your library card, it's easier than ever to choose from more than 300,000 e-books on SimplyE, The New York Public Library's free e-reader app. Library cardholders can gain access to an array of digital resources for all ages, including e-books, audiobooks, databases, and more.

If you don’t have an NYPL library card, New York State residents can apply for a digital card through the Library’s SimplyE app (available on the App Store or Google Play). Once you’ve received your barcode and PIN, explore SimplyE to discover hundreds of thousands of e-books, plus visit our website to find many more digital resources. You can also find your library card number by logging into your library account with your SimplyE username and pin. The 14 digit library card number is displayed underneath your name.

Patrons 13 years and older can apply for their own library cards. Patrons 12 and under will need a parent or caregiver to create an account. Note: These accounts cannot be restricted to only children’s materials.

After registering, it may take a few hours to receive your barcode in order to access the Library’s digital resources. Once you sign up for a card through SimplyE, you will need to select a home library after your barcode has been emailed to you. Log into your account and click on Settings to set your Preferred Pickup location.

If you have questions, please email

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