Retired New York State Government Employees

Retired New York State Government employees are eligible to receive a NYS Library Retired State Government Employee Borrower's Card. These borrower's cards begin with a "P" number.

With a NYS Library Borrower's Card you can:

  • borrow materials onsite from the State Library’s 20 million item collection
  • request materials in person, over the telephone (518-474-5355), via fax (518-474-5279), via email at or through Excelsior, the NYSL online catalog
  • remotely access, from work or home, the Library's collection of online databases and millions of magazine, journal and newspaper articles available in over 20,000 full-text online journals and newspapers

Retired NYS government employees must complete a NYSL Retired Government Employee Borrower's Card applicationPDF file (43 KB) and provide personal photo-identification (such as a NYS driver license or current photo-identification card issued by the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles).  In addition, applicants must verify their status as a retired New York State Government employee by providing a letter from the NYS Agency that they retired from attesting to their valid retirement from a unit of NYS government.

Photocopies or scans are acceptable when mailing, faxing or e-mailing your proof of status.

A NYSL Borrower's Card is issued for individual use and is non-transferable.  Please do not share your NYSL Borrower's Card number or PIN with others.

NYSL Retired NYS Government Employee Borrower's Cards must be renewed every two years.

Last Updated: June 21, 2019