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Anyone who lives or works in New York State can get a free public library card.
There are three public library systems in New York City - all of them are free, but you need a different card for each one.
Some large nearby branches include:
the Bronx Library Center, which stays open late,
the Mott Haven branch, a few blocks' walk from Hostos, and
the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture -- a great research center just one stop downtown on the 2 train.
At the public libraries, you can find books in English, Spanish, and many other languages.