Licensed Physicians who are NYS Residents

Licensed Physicians ("M.D." and "D.O.") who are residents of New York State are eligible to receive a NYS Library Physician Borrower’s Card. These borrower's cards begin with a "P" number.

With a NYS Library Borrower’s Card you can:

  • borrow materials 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
  • pick up materials onsite at the Circulation Desk or request that items be mailed to your office (See Pick up and Delivery Options for more information.)
  • 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

Physicians must complete a NYSL Physician Borrower's Card applicationPDF file (45 KB) and present personal photo-identification that includes their home address (such as a current NYS driver license or current photo-identification card issued by the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles) AND verify their status as a physician by presenting one of the following:

  • Physician License Number
  • photo-identification card from their place of employment that identifies the individual as a physician
  • listing in a current medical directory
  • membership card from the American Medical Association or the Medical Society of the State of New York

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

NYSL Physician Borrower's cards must be renewed every two years.

A NYSL Physician Borrower's Card can also be issued to a physician’s practice or group.  A NYSL Physician Borrower's Card for a practice or group must be signed by one of the partners of the practice and someone in the office must be designated as the office contact. (The office contact could be a librarian, physician's assistant, nurse, office manager, etc.)

Last Updated: February 6, 2020