September marks the start of Library Card Sign-Up Month, which celebrates the importance of libraries and encourages learners of all ages to sign up for a library card.
A library card opens a world of knowledge to users, granting free access to books, movies, music, e-books, audiobooks, and more.
Held annually since 1987, Library Card Sign-Up Month was created in response to then United States Secretary of Education William Bennett’s remark, “Let’s have a campaign… Every child should obtain a library card and use it,” and as a way to mark the beginning of the school year.
Since then, the American Library Association
and libraries throughout the country have continued campaigns each year to ensure every child obtains a library card. This year, the American Library Association reminds libraries and patrons that “A library card is elemental” and provides important resources
so you can share this information with your friends and family.
Together, we can ensure that people of all ages can sign up for a library card in their service location.
Here are three unique reasons why carrying a library card is so important and why learners of every age should sign up for one:
1. Library cards allow users to experience hands-on activities.
Whether granting access to a maker space or providing museum passes, many libraries offer special activities, events, and services to library card holders – of which many programs are free.
2. A library card helps with learning.
Libraries exist to share physical and virtual resources, including access to STEAM programs and activities, in-person and virtual homework help, educational apps, and more.
3. Library cards grant more open-access information.
Libraries and librarians work hard to provide free and open-access information for everyone. This means that anyone, regardless of their background, can use the library’s resources to learn and grow.
To find a public library service location near you, use our Find a PA Library
tool. You can also sign up for a POWER Library eCard
from the comfort of wherever you are in Pennsylvania.
Together, we can ensure that all learners have access to knowledge and opportunity.