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Advanced Research: Brooklyn Public Library

Online Research @BPL

Any person who lives, works, attends school or pays property taxes in New York State is eligible to receive a Brooklyn Public Library card free of charge.

See what is available through BPL right from your computer!

How to Get a Card


New York Residents

Residents ages 13 and older can fill out the online application and choose to pick up their library cards at Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) or have it mailed.

All ages can visit any of BPL's 60 locations and apply in person.

If you live outside of New York but work or go to school in New York State, you may apply in person for a free BPL library card.

Databases Available from Home

The BPL  as access to many databases that are not available through the NCC Library. You may visit a branch, or limit your search to a subject and to databases available at home with a card.

Here are some of the databases you might want to check out!

ABI-Inform Research: Business articles including Wall Street Journal

African-American ResearchScholarly documents and primary research

Black Women WritersThe works from Africa and the African Diaspora

Caribbean Literature: Caribbean poems, plays, novels, short stories Training videos in many subjects

Mango Languages: Interactive language learning

New York TimesThe New York Times: Late Edition (East Coast) from 1980 to the present


Other Great Resources from BPL

Through the BPL, card holders have access to these excellent resources.


Research Topic Guides

E-books and Audiobooks

Brooklyn Local History Digital Collection

Brooklyn Newsstand