During Library Card Sign-Up Month, we are reminding Georgians of some unexpected benefits of a free library card.
Access audio books, e-books, movies, and music
Every Georgia library offers access to free ebooks and audiobooks, and many also offer streaming video services! Kids have access to eRead Kids, a digital collection of ebooks and audiobooks for Pre-K to fourth grade. Check with your local library to learn about services like Libby, Hoopla, Tumblebooks, and more! Find your local library to see what they have to offer.
Check out some tech
All public libraries in Georgia offer high-speed wi-fi, which you can access using one of the library’s free-to-use computers or your personal device. Cardholders also can borrow Chromebooks and mobile hotspots from many public libraries. This means that Georgians who do not have a reliable computer or internet connectivity at home can search for jobs, stay connected with friends and family, and use library resources. Many libraries also offer 3D printers and makerspaces for free use. Learn more here or ask your local librarian.
Explore your family tree or local history
Did you know libraries have archival, genealogical, and primary source materials freely available online? You can also access Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest to explore your family tree. Read on for tips to explore history at the library.
Check out passes for free admission to great places around Georgia
With your library card, you can check out passes for free and reduced-cost entry to places like Zoo Atlanta, Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites, The Center for Puppetry Arts, Alliance Theatre, the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, and more. These partnerships are popular, so check with your local library for details and availability.
Keep learning for school or your job
LearningExpress Library, available to all cardholders using GALILEO, Georgia’s virtual library, is an online platform featuring practice tests, tutorials, and ebooks for job search and workplace skills improvement, career certification, college and graduate school admissions exams, GED exam prep, and skills improvement in reading, writing, and math for all ages.