September is National Library Card Sign-up Month |

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month

Emily Hisel
Garfield County Public Libraries
A father and his daughters read together at the Carbondale Branch Library.
Emily Hisel / Garfield County Libraries |

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, a time for the Garfield County libraries to remind all residents that a library card is the smartest card you can own. With a library card, you can access a wealth of library materials — books, eBooks, CDs, DVDs, magazines, and more — as well as access the Internet or use a computer for free.

During the month of September the Garfield County libraries are hosting a Library Card Campaign. This campaign will get library card applications into the hands of all incoming kindergartners and new students throughout Garfield County. Be on the lookout for your child’s application in the papers sent home from school. You can also visit your local library or go to our website,, to fill out an application. Garfield County Libraries wants all students to be equipped with the most important school supply of all — a library card.

When it comes to achieving academic success, a library card provides students with free access to a world of both print and electronic resources. Students can use powerful databases, prepare for tests (including the SAT and ACTs), attend events, or participate in clubs and other activities that provide an added value to the educational experience. It’s easy to see why 84 percent of Americans agree that the public library is important to education.

The Garfield County libraries are also offering free replacement library cards throughout the month of September to anyone who has lost their card. Normally replacement cards are $3, so take advantage of this great opportunity and get carded today.

This September, open the door to a world of possibilities and sign up for a library card today. Visit to view our online catalog or check out what events are going on at your local library.

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