What is RSS?
RSS (Rich Site Summary) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. The Library uses it to notify staff and patrons when new content is added to NYPL.org.
Why should I use it?
RSS allows you to "subscribe" to the Library's content, so you can be automatically informed whenever we add new information to any of the sections of the web site listed above. Your privacy is also assured, since there is no need to supply an email address. Many sites (including most news sites and almost all blogs) offer RSS feeds as well, saving you the trouble of having to visit many web sites individually.
What do I need to do to read an RSS Feed?
RSS readers are software programs which load RSS feeds from the World Wide Web and display them in an easy-to-read format. Many popular web browsers have RSS capability built in, or you can use a freestanding software program or a web-based reader. See this page for a list of current popular RSS readers.
Once you have a feed reader set up, you can add an RSS feed from any site that offers one (including all of the NYPL feeds linked above) to the list of feeds your reader tracks. Many sites display a small icon with the acronyms RSS, XML, or RDF to let you know a feed is available.