Information for Library Visitors

The Bank Street Library is open to:

  • Staff
  • Faculty
  • Students
  • Alumni
  • Parents of students in the School for Children, and the Family Center
  • Caregivers with School for Children students, or Family Center children
  • New York City Board of Education teachers with a valid BOE identification card.

Bank Street Library participates in the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), which includes many academic libraries in New York City as well as New York Public Library.

Library Hours

Visitors from the New York Metropolitan Area

Visitors from the metropolitan area are asked to obtain a metro referral card from their college or local public library, or consider membership through subscription.

Metro Referral Cards

Ask your library for a Metro Referral Card if you need to visit Bank Street. Please check to see if the public library has what you are looking for before asking for a Metro Referral Card. Please check our catalog before you arrive, to see if we own the journals and books you are looking for, or call ahead if you are not sure if we have materials in a certain subject area.

  • A yellow Metro Referral Card is issued for a particular item, and is good for one visit.
  • A blue Metro Referral Card is issued for a subject strength, and is good for up to five consecutive days.
  • Metro Referral Cards do NOT give visitors borrowing privileges.

Please give your Metro Referral Card to the Reference Librarian when you arrive. If your school does not participate in Metro, call us at 212-875-4456 to make arrangements.

Visitors from Outside the New York Metropolitan Area

Students from colleges outside the New York metropolitan area are admitted upon presentation of a valid form of school identification. Other visitors from outside the New York region may call 212-875-4456, for an appointment. Everyone must show identification upon entry to the building.

Membership

If you would like to use the Library on a more extended basis, consider buying a Library Associate's Card, or ask about group membership for nonprofits.

Library Associate Card

The cost is $75.00 for four months and includes borrowing privileges, but are ineligible for free interlibrary loan. Library Associates should notify the Library of any accompanying guests.

Group Membership for Nonprofits & Corporations

Please contact Kristin Freda 212-875-4558 for any questions regarding membership.

Caregivers

Caregivers with School for Children students and Family Center children are welcome to come to the library.

  • Caregivers may only use the computers to do catalog searches for books and materials.
  • Computers are not to be used for email, web surfing, research, or any other activity.
  • Caregivers are reminded that, in addition to the Library Use by Children Policy, all of the Library's other policies apply, for example, the prohibition against eating in the Library and using cell phones.
  • Caregivers must be with their charges at all times inside the Library.

Checking Out Book

Parents or guardians of School for Children students or Family Center children should ask the Circulation Desk 212-875-4455 to add a caregiver's name to their child's library record.

All caregivers need to do is tell the circulation desk assistant their name and the parent's name.