Let Your Imagination Sing at the Library

2022-let-your-library-sing-600w.jpgSponsored by the American Library Association, Library Card Sign-up Month is held each September to mark the beginning of the school year in an effort to ensure every child signs-up for their own library card.

Throughout the school year, public librarians and library staff will assist parents and caregivers with saving hundreds of dollars on educational resources and services for students. With free access to STEAM programs/activities, reading recommendations, virtual homework help and online research tools, and technology workshops, a library card is one of the most cost-effective back-to-school supplies available!


2022 Raffle Giveaways

This year, get a new Elmwood Park library card, or renew your old card, in September and you will be entered into a raffle for prizes! Prizes include fun items crafted by our 3D printer, tote bags customized with our vinyl cutter, and keychains engraved by our GlowForge laser cutter.  


How to Get a Library Card

library card eppl 3 400wHow do you get a library card? It's easy.

If you are 18 or older, all you need is a photo ID with your current Elmwood Park address: a current Driver's License or State ID. That's it!  If you are under 18, come in with your parent or legal guardian.

Please note:  If your ID does not have your current address, then a second piece of identification will be required.  Click here for more information.

Just stop by the Circulation Desk and we'll sign you up!


Digital Library Card 

If you can’t make it into the Library, we are also offer a temporary digital card that you can sign up for from home.

It provides access to all of our online resources including eBooks, eAudiobooks, online databases, homework help, and more. To obtain your digital card, just follow this link. You must be at least 13 years of age to register. 



Libraries are Wonderful!

2019 library card signup month1 500wA Library card lets you explore all the wonders that libraries have to offer, including access to information, entertainment, job searching, homework help, and so much more!  With a Library card you can connect to:

  • Books & other collections - Check out the usual books, movies, music, magazines, and video games.  Find it all through our SWAN Catalog

    We also have Roku sticks, bike locks, device charging cords, portable DVD players, board games, and tons of other fun and useful stuff in our Beyond Books collection.

    Prefer reading/listening digitally? Your library card connects you to a variety of eBooks and eAudiobooks available through the Libby and Axis360 apps. 

  • Book Recommendations - Not sure what you want to read?  Use your library card to connect to Novelist, which provides book recommendations for readers in all age groups, allowing you to search your favorite books or authors to find read-alikes, or search by appeal terms, like "funny and quirky," or "moody and brooding."  Use Novelist to connect to your next great read!

    Want more ways to discover new reads? Check out on our Reading Resources page.

  • Interlibrary Loan - Is what you want checked out? We can place holds on books and other items that we don’t own. On average it takes about a week, and it's free.

  • Computers & Internet Access - We have plenty of in-house computers to use, free with your Elmwood Park Public Library card.  Or take the internet and a computer home with you by checking out Chromebook laptops and WiFi hotspots from the Circulation Desk.

  • Online Resources for Research & Learning - We have a wide variety of online resources on our website that you can use with your Elmwood Park Public Library card.

    Get online tutoring with Tutor.com, which provides tutors, skills building, practice tests, and more.

    Learn a new language with Mango Languages. This interactive resource can be used on the computer or via the app, and offers over 70 languages to learn using conversational learning.

    You can also research your family tree, get career advice, or find full-text articles for whatever research you are working on.



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