Get your library card

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 1:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 1:38 p.m.

Need a library card? September is the month to get one. It's Library Card Sign-Up Month to coincide with the start of the school year.

Nickie Kortus, spokesperson for the Alachua County Library District, said it's easy to get a library card. All you need is proof that you are a Florida resident in the form of a photo ID, such as a driver's license or state identification. Minors ages 4-17 have to be accompanied by a legal guardian, who must show proof of Florida residency using photo ID.

Once you have a library card, Kortus said library patrons can also get digital books and access homework help, job skills, sign up for government programs, tutorials and so much more. Patrons can also learn about library programs and events at the 12 county branches and two bookmobiles.

"Borrowing privileges are granted on the spot after signing up with proper identification," said Kortus, adding that to learn about the privileges and responsibility that come with a library card, visit

"Equal access to everyone is the big role libraries play," said Kortus. "Libraries open doors to opportunities."

Kortus said Library Card Sign-Up Month was launched in 1987 to encourage every child to have a library card. It's also a time when the American Library Association and the county Library District remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children," Kortus said. "Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning."

Kortus noted that libraries offer books, magazines, audio and videotapes, computers, software and other multimedia materials.

Online resources provide excellent research and study support for students of all ages. And librarians are on hand to help with recommended materials suitable for various ages and interests.

For a schedule of programs and events available at the 12 county locations and two bookmobiles, visit

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