How many locations are there?

There are 65 locations.

How do I apply for a Library card?

You can sign up for a library card in-person or online.

You may obtain a free library card if you live, work, go to school, or own property in New York State. Children 11 years old and younger must have a parent or guardian who resides at the same address sign for permission to get a library card.

If you are at least 12 years old, you can sign up for a library card online, click here to begin.

To sign up for a library card in-person, please go to the check-out counter at your local library with proof of identification and address.

How old do I have to be to get a Library card?

Children 11 years old and younger must have a parent or guardian who resides at the same address sign for permission to get a library card.

If you are 12 or older, you may now register online to obtain a Queens Public Library card.

How long until I need a new library card?

Library cards expire every 5 years.

I lost my card. How do I replace it?

If you have had a card before and it is lost, stolen or expired, please visit any Queens Public Library location and speak to a Customer Service Representative.

How much are late fees?

Queens Public Library does not charge late fees on overdue books. If a book is lost or not returned, you will be charged the price of the item.

Other items: Lost Library card replacement fee $2; Missing item label $1; Non-NYS resident library card: one year $50; Returned check fee $25; Lost video/DVD case $2; Lost CD $1.

I lost the book, DVD or CD that I borrowed. How much will it cost to replace it?

The price of the item.

What is the Read Down Your Fees program?

Children and young adults up to age 21 are eligible to read down their fees in the library. For every 1/2 hour of reading they receive $1.00 to be used toward fees on their library card.

How long can I borrow materials for?

Most items may be borrowed for 21 days. Most best sellers, CD's, magazines, videogames and other high-demand items may be borrowed for 7 days.

What is the purpose of the Suggest-A-Book service?

The service was created to connect Queens Public Library users with books they want to read but are not found in our online catalog. All suggested books that are approved for purchase will be put on hold when they arrive for the person who made the first suggestion for the book.

If my book suggestion is approved, how long will it take to get the book?

That depends on the availability of the book. We make no promises regarding delivery time but, on average, most books will be ready to pick-up in 7-10 business days after approval. Any orders not filled within 90 days will be automatically canceled (except for books in languages other than English, which can take much longer).

What is an ISBN? Why is it important?

ISBN is an abbreviation for International Standard Book Number. It can be found in the product details section on such sites as and It can help to eliminate confusion between different editions of a book or different books with the same title. The ISBN is especially helpful for books not written in English. Most books have 2 ISBNs, one 10 digits and the other 13 digits. We prefer the 13 digit ISBN. The ISBN is not required because not every book has one.