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June 17, 2021

New York Public Library The New York Public Library receives $12.5 million grant from Arcadia Fund for open access project. The New York Public Library has received a $12.5 million grant from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Library Trustee Peter Baldwin, towards a significant investment in the Library's digital transformation. The grant will support the Library's efforts to improve patrons' ability to discover, request, and access in digital format, a copy of almost any book through its online platform. Since 2013, Arcadia has awarded $19 million to the NYPL for projects that provide open access to research and scholarly materials. [Full Announcement].

April 19, 2021

New York Public Library The New York Public Library and The New York Institute for the Humanities launch partnership. The New York Public Library and The New York Institute for the Humanities, two storied New York City institutions dedicated to scholarship, discourse, and access to knowledge, have announced a partnership beginning on June 1. The Library's Center for Research in the Humanities—located in the iconic 42nd Street library—will collaborate with NYIH on public programming, and the administrative offices of NYIH, formerly housed at New York University, will operate out of a Library office building at 445 Fifth Avenue. [Full Announcement].

December 13, 2016

New York Public Library The New York Public Library and the European Digital Reading Lab team up for a better e-reading experience.. EDRLab and NYPL have decided to collaborate on the development of open-sourced mobile applications based on the Readium EPUB 3 reading engine. This collaboration has three aspects: ebook lending management, accessibility and enhancements of the user experience on mobile devices. EDRLab is currently developing Readium LCP, a vendor-neutral, interoperable and accessible Digital Rights Management technology that is embeddable in any application based on the open-source Readium SDK. EDRLab will help on the integration of Readium LCP inside the Library Simplified codebase so that library patrons can have, at last, a fluid experience when lending ebooks. [Full Announcement].

September 13, 2016

New York Public Library Open eBooks announces compatibility with Clever: new way for students to get started with free eBook program. Open eBooks users will now be able to log in using Clever, a secure educational login platform, making it even easier for educators to help children take advantage of this program, and increase access to a wider network of students. Nearly 25,000 schools currently using Clever are eligible for Open eBooks, which is available to formal and informal educators serving children in need. Clever will also make it possible for any district to sign up for its services at no cost in order to use Open eBooks. [Full Announcement].

July 21, 2016

New York Public Library Introducing SimplyE: 300,000 E-Books to Browse, Borrow, and Read. The New York Public Library just released SimplyE, a new app that gives NYPL cardholders the ability to browse, borrow, and read more than 300,000 e-books from the Library’s collections in just a few easy steps. [Full Announcement].

July 12, 2016

New York Public Library The New York Public Library makes it easier than ever to borrow free eBooks with new app SimplyE. The New York Public Library has released SimplyE, a new app that makes browsing, borrowing, and reading e-books from the Library easier than ever. SimplyE makes all of the Library's e-books available in one easy-to-use app for the first time. [Full Announcement].

December 1, 2015

New York Public Library Request For Proposals issued by New York Public Library. The New York Public Library (NYPL) is seeking sealed bids from qualified providers to support the deployment of the LEAP Content Exchange (Marketplace). Sealed bids will be received at the office of the New York Public Library (address listed above) no later than 12:00 Noon, on January 15, 2016. As NYPL moves forward with this project, it is extremely important that we manage communications as this evaluation progresses. Please contact Lauren Pukacz at if your company would like to participate. [Full Announcement].

February 3, 2015

New York Public Library Claremont Colleges Library selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services. The Claremont Colleges Library, which serves five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions and the Claremont University Consortium in Southern California, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system. [Full Announcement].

March 24, 2014

New York Public Library Books You Might Like! The New York Public Library launches recommendations by Bookish in Online Catalog. The New York Public Library launched a state-of-the-art book recommendation tool in its online catalog, BiblioCommons, to help Library users discover new books based on their reading preferences. Powered by Bookish Recommends from New York startup Zola Books, the online program connects people to a broader selection of the library’s vast collection by offering relevant book suggestions. [Full Announcement].

June 21, 2012

New York Public Library Penguin Group (USA) launches library lending pilot program. Penguin Group (USA), The New York Public Library, and 3M announced a pilot project that will make Penguin eBooks available to patrons of both The New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library. The pilot program will begin in August and, if successful, could be rolled out across the US. Under the initial phase of the pilot, eBooks will be made available to libraries for one-year with renewable terms. Library patrons will be able to access eBooks remotely utilizing public-library compatible reading devices. Titles will be available for lending six months after initial publication. [Full Announcement].

March 6, 2012

New York Public Library Ann Thornton Named The Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries. The New York Public Library has named Ann Thornton its Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries, responsible for collection development, preservation, reference and research services, and exhibitions at four world-renowned Research Libraries and 87 Branch Libraries. [Full Announcement].

June 20, 2011

New York Public Library New York Public Library and Bibliocommons partner to create a new innovative, interactive online experience. The New York Public Library has partnered with Toronto-based software company Bibliocommons to completely transform its current online catalog, making it easier to discover the Library’s vast collections while also giving users the power to create reading lists, rate the latest books, and organize groups. [Full Announcement].

May 18, 2011

New York Public Library Three Renowned Research Libraries Join Forces To Better Serve Users. The New York Public Library and the libraries of Columbia University and New York University—three renowned research institutions all on the island of Manhattan—have launched an initiative to expand collections and better serve their users. [Full Announcement].

December 14, 2004

New York Public Library NYPL Partners with Google to Make Books Available Online. NYPL is partnering with Google in a pilot program that will make a subset of its books available in full text on the web. NYPL is working with Google to offer a collection of its public domain books, which will be scanned in their entirety and made available for free to the public online. Users will be able to search and browse the full text of these works. When the scanning process is complete, the books may be accessed from both The NYPL website and from Google. [Full Announcement].

November 14, 1995

New York Public Library NYPL links all 82 branches to library catalogs, the Internet, and an astonishing array of data. The New York Public Library inaugurated LEO (Library Entrance Online), the world's largest public library information system and network. LEO, named with reference to the famed marble lions which have long symbolized NYPL, is a new technologically advanced, fully integrated online system that links users in every branch to the Library's catalogs, to a vast collection of databases, and even to the World Wide Web on the Internet. The value of the project was $9 million and is based on Dynix from Ameritech Library Services. [Full Announcement].

October 23, 1995

New York Public Library The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awards the New York Public Library $1 million for major catalog conversions. The New York Public Library announced a generous grant of $1 million from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to launch a major effort to improve and expand public access to the collections of The Research Libraries through electronic information technologies. Funds from this grant will enable the Library not only to expand the services and information available in its research and branch libraries, but also to provide worldwide electronic access to its bibliographic catalogs through online networks. [Full Announcement].