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Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)

Below are FREE apps that will help you find and enjoy books and informational content from the library, as well other trusted providers, and get reliable information on the go.

Not sure what version you have?

To find out what version of iOS you have, tap the Settings App, tap General, tap About, and then look under "Version."

NYPL Mobile

Search the catalog, place holds, and manage your account.

NYPL Biblion: World's Fair

Examine documents, images, films, audio, and essays from the collections right in your hands.

NYPL Biblion: Frankenstein

Examine documents, images, films, audio, and essays from the collections right in your hands.

OverDrive Media Console

Browse, download and read ebooks and e-audiobooks from NYPL's collections.
How to Borrow Library eBooks.

3M Cloud Library

Browse, download and read ebooks from NYPL's collections.

Mango Languages Library Edition

34 foreign language courses and 14 English as a second language courses.


Access Gale databases.


Access EBSCOhost databases and discovery technologies.
Help documentation

Google Books

Download books to your Google Books Library and read them here.
Search for "Free Google eBooks" to find scanned books in the public domain, or browse all of NYPL's scanned materials.


Borrow Kindle-formatted books.
How to Borrow Library eBooks for Kindle.


Create conversations around images in NYPL collections. You can talk, type, and draw right on the screen.


Scan a barcode or enter a title and have an MLA, APA, or Chicago-style citation in seconds.

POETRY from The Poetry Foundation

Thousands of poems, classic and contemporary, in your pocket.

Aesop for Children

Contains over 140 classic fables, accompanied by beautiful illustrations and interactive animations.


41 plays, 154 sonnets and 6 poems and a searchable concordance.

Bluefire Reader

Read EPUB and PDF files you have purchased or are borrowing from the library; supports Adobe DRM. To use this with library ebooks you must open the .acsm file on your iOS device.

Google Translate

Translate words and phrases between more than 60 languages. For most languages, you can speak your phrases and hear the corresponding translations.


Search tens of millions of web pages from federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments and to contact your government by phone or email.

Today's Document

National Archives and Records Administration
A featured image or document from the National Archives each day. Here is one of our favorites.

Real Time Congress by Sunlight Foundation

The legislative process at your fingertips. Live updates from the U.S. House and Senate.

Sunlight Health by Sunlight Foundation

Helps you make informed health care choices by putting trusted information from multiple sources at your fingertips.

Library of Congress Virtual Tour


From Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. Uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.
For iPhone or iPad

Health Hotlines

National Library of Medicine

Smart Traveler

The official State Department app for U.S. travelers. Get up to date country information, travel alerts and warnings, and embassy locations.


Provides real-time operating status for U.S. airports from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and tips for packing and dressing to speed through security.