QPL's Back-to-School Resources

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, CDs, DVDs, and 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 Internet-ready device, you can access our free wireless network at every QPL location.

Free Tablets & HotSpots
You can borrow Samsung tablets from the Library for one month with three renewals (for a maximum total of four months). Bring your tablet to the Library or anywhere with Wi-Fi for a full Internet and educational experience. The families of eligible New York City public school students can also borrow free hotspots from the Library and use them to get Internet service—and access to online educational resources—at home.

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. Visit our online calendar or pick up a calendar brochure or a copy of Queens Public Library Magazine for more details.

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 Queens Public Library 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.

STACKS After-School
STACKS is an after-school program for children ages 6-14 and operates during the school year Monday through Friday from 3 pm to 5:30 pm. 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.

Connections With Teachers
Queens Public Library can arrange class visits to local branches to get students familiar with their neighborhood library and sign them 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.