What is Biblion?

Biblion: The Boundless Library is designed to take you — all but literally — into the Library's legendary stacks, opening up hidden parts of the collections and the myriad storylines they hold and preserve. In this free app you will hold documents, images, films, audio, and essays — directly from the collections into your own hands.

How do I get Biblion?

The app Biblion is available through Apple's App Store. Full-content Web versions are available at

Why can't I access my NYPL account through this app, to renew books, for example?

The New York Public Library offers a suite of apps. The app called “NYPL” allows you to access and manage your Library account (to place holds, to renew items, etc), search the Library catalog, and find information about Library locations and events.  

Biblion sometimes closes out completely when I am moving between sections.

Because of its size, holding hundreds of items from the collections, Biblion, especially with the first edition iPad which has less memory, sometimes needs a fresh start. It can help to switch your iPad on and off.

How can I support future versions of Biblion?

If you enjoyed Biblion, please consider making a donation to support all of the invaluable programs and services NYPL has to offer, including apps and digital initiatives.

What were the sources for story text not attributed to an author?

The Biblion team compiles text composed by NYPL librarians and curators. In the case of Biblion: Frankenstein, this included panel and label descriptions from the Shelley's Ghost exhibition. For the Biblion: World's Fair edition, the editors used text composed by NYPL Manuscripts and Archives Division staff for the comprehensive Finding Aid, as well as captions and background material in the Fair Corporation records, the Official Guide Book to the Fair, and related Fair promotional materials.



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