Today, September 25, all 216 of the city’s library branches will be holding voter registration drives.
Still not registered? Today is National Voter Registration Day and to facilitate registration, the New York’s library system- which consists of the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Library branches—is holding registration drives at every single branch in the five boroughs in partnership with the New York City Campaign Finance Board.
New York City’s three public library systems are supporting National Voter Registration Day by accepting voter registration forms at all locations across the five boroughs, promoting civic engagement and making it as convenient as possible for New Yorkers to participate in the upcoming midterm elections. In order to register, New Yorkers must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of the city for at least 30 days, and 18 years of age.
People registering to vote will also be encouraged to sign up for library cards, and some branches are planning programming tied to civic engagement and voting.
“We are the most democratic institution in the borough,” said Linda E. Johnson, President and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library. Every day of the year, we provide a welcoming space for all of Brooklyn—families, job seekers, older adults, veterans, immigrants, teens, entrepreneurs—to follow their dreams, find their voices, and become engaged citizens.”
And she’s not exaggerating. This summer the NYPL offered a slew of different public initiatives, from helping New Yorkers in need with tie and handbag rentals for job interviews, to offering free museum passes for library card holders. The Library is such an important resource for all New Yorkers so make sure you have your card and take advantage of their great programming throughout the year!