Library Card Sign-up Month

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It's national Library Card Sign-up Month and we’re celebrating by teaming up with eight other library systems in Cuyahoga County to ensure every child under 18 in our county owns a library card. We’re calling it “A Card for Every Kid Library Challenge.” Through this cooperative effort we seek to raise awareness of the importance of library card ownership for children and teens, and to gain a better understanding of the roadblocks that keep some kids from owning a library card.

September 1-30, during Library Card Sign-up Month, we are actively encouraging kids to sign up for free library cards, and are offering one-time fine forgiveness to children and teens who owe fines. Parent/caregiver signature is no longer required for children to sign up for a library card. Kids, if you need a replacement card, we'll waive the $1 fee during Library Card Sign-Up Month.

We’re also asking parents and caregivers to help us gain a better understanding of their attitudes toward library card ownership for their children by taking a brief survey. Complete the survey for $5.00 fine forgiveness coupon that you may print and redeem at your local library.

Five Reasons Why Every Kid Should Own a Library Card

  1. It’s a great value. With one simple little card they can browse and borrow items from our collection – plus millions of additional items from the collections of partner libraries, colleges, and universities throughout the State of Ohio.

  2. Access to a wealth of learning resources and books.

  3. Access to use our computers to complete homework assignments, explore research databases.

  4. Owning a library card is a great tool for teaching kids about responsibility.

  5. It’s easier than ever before thanks to our new Opportunity Card cardholder category. Kids who wish to check out library material but do not have identification and/or a parent/guardian signature, can get an Opportunity Card which will allow them to borrow up to three physical items, use our computers and databases, and get unlimited access to our Digital Collection.

About “A Card for Every Kid Library Challenge”

A Card for Every Kid Library Challengecalls upon library directors to work with their mayors, school leaders, and school librarians to ensure every student has access to America’s libraries. Participating library systems include  Cleveland Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library, East Cleveland Public Library, Euclid Public Library, Heights LibrariesLakewood Public Library, Rocky River Public Library, Shaker Heights Public Library, and Westlake Porter Public Library.