Library Card Sign-Up Month is the time explore free school resources

August 10, 2018

This September, Alachua County Library District is joining forces with the American Library Association (ALA), Honorary Chairs of Library Card Sign-up Month The Incredibles and libraries nationwide to highlight the supportive role libraries and librarians play in transforming lives and communities through education. Library Card Sign-up Month is a time to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card.


 “Our libraries provide free access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) programs, educational apps, in-person and virtual homework help and technology workshops,” said Library Director Shaney T. Livingston. “A library card is one of the most cost-effective back-to-school supplies available. 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 utilize libraries as a source of lifelong learning.”


Across the country, The Incredibles will use their superpowers to remind families, students and people of all ages that signing up for a library card is a great step toward a truly super lifestyle. Locally, libraries offer the tools needed to expand knowledge and skill sets, access to the world’s information both in print and digitally, plus hands-on training in makerspaces and innovative programming.


This school year, students of all ages can use their library cards to access which provides on-demand tutoring, online with one-on-one sessions from 3 to 10 p.m. every day., an online eSource, also features overnight reviews on resumes, book reports, college/scholarship application essays and more. Students and job seekers can find SAT/ACT essentials from The Princeton Review and practice quizzes in more than 100 areas in math, science and social studies. Plus, job search coaches provide support with job searching, online applications, resume writing, interview preparation and more.

College students can learn more about library services and sign up for a library card at Smathers Library on the University of Florida campus September 10 to 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Santa Fe College campus on September 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Library cards are free to those living in Florida. Borrowing privileges are granted on the spot after signing up with proper identification. Visit to learn more about library cards.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. For 140 years, the American Library Association has been the trusted voice of libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. Visit for more information or the Library District’s eBranch at or call (352) 334-3900.

If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service). 

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