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We hope you will visit Queens Public Library as you head back to school and throughout the school year!

Our library staff members are here to help you find what you need, including resources that can help you with your homework and school projects.

Free Books and Materials

Discover millions of free books at the library and enjoy reading and learning all year. Use your library card to check out books, eBooks, audiobooks, and so much more!

Computers and Wi-Fi

You can use the free public computers available at every library for up to an hour each day, and if you bring your own device, you can access our free wireless network.

Free Tablets

Borrow a tablet from the library for 1 month with 3 renewals (for a maximum total of 4 months). Bring your tablet to the library or anywhere with Wi-Fi for a full Internet and educational experience.

Educational Programs

Children, teens, and families can participate in programs that are educational and fun, like tech classes, hands-on science workshops, author talks, parent workshops, and more. Try our virtual programs on our YouTube channel, youtube.com/QueensPublicLibrary, or on our Facebook page, facebook.com/QPLNYC.

Online Libraries and Resources

Young children and teens can access our TumbleBook online libraries—which include animated talking picture books, early reader chapter books, children’s classics, graphic novels, YA/Teen novels, educational videos from National Geographic, and more. They can also visit the QPL website and find resources specifically for kids and teens, including booklists, databases, dictionaries, and more.

Welcoming Spaces

Your local library is a great spot for kids and teens to do homework and research, and for families to spend time reading and learning together.

Connections With Teachers

Queens Public Library can arrange class visits to neighborhood libraries and get students signed up for library cards. Queens teachers can also create Assignment Alerts that take advantage of the materials available at their local library for student projects and assignments. There is also MyLibrary NYC, a partnership between QPL and the NYC Department of Education that empowers school libraries and school librarians. For more information about all these resources, visit the QPL website.

STACKS After-School

STACKS is an after-school program for children Grades K-5 and operates during the school year Monday through Friday from 3-5:30pm. STACKS offers children structured and unstructured programming every day. Each session begins with homework help, facilitated by qualified and caring staff supervised by a children’s librarian. Children can also participate in a variety of enrichment activities and projects that are informative, hands-on, and fun, complement the school curriculum, and allow students to use all the resources Queens Public Library has to offer.

STACKS is not available at all QPL locations. Check with your librarian to find out if STACKS is available at your local branch.

STACKS Virtual World

This virtual program offers daily enrichment activities for students in Grades K-5. It also enhances fun and learning through structured, age-appropriate activities that are accessible to families with computer technology and Internet access. From the safety and comfort of their own homes, young people can develop their social, emotional, cognitive, and hands-on skills in a secure online environment. Please see the STACKS page on the QPL website for more information.

Queens Connected Mobile Hotspot Lending Program

Do you need Internet at home for your child’s schoolwork? We’ve got you covered. QPL offers Wi-Fi hotspots to provide you with free unlimited Internet, so students can keep up with homework and access online resources. Hotspots are available at select library locations. Limit of one device per household; devices may be checked out for 2 months, with up to 5 optional renewals.

Library Cards

A QPL card is your passport to over 5.3 million books, movies, and other media; over 19,000 classes and events per year; over 5,000 computer workstations; and so much more! Apply online or in-person now!

Children 12 and over can apply for a library card. Children 11 and younger must have a parent or guardian who resides at the same address (with proof of identification and address) sign for permission to get a library card. For more information, call (718) 990-0700. Access your account information, renew books, and check availability on the QPL website, or call (718) 990-8508.

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