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September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

We break down the perks and sign up process for a public library card.

Central Library

The bright orange facade of Central Library in San Antonio, TX.

Photo by Andres Nunez via Unsplash

When’s the last time you visited a local library? We have to admit, it’s been awhile for us. Mayor Ron Nirenburg recently signed a declaration establishing September as Library Card Sign-Up Month to encourage San Antonians to visit their local library and sign up for a free library card.

Need a library card? Don’t worry, we got you. Let’s dig into the variety of uses + perks your library card has and how to register.

San Antonio Public Libraries

The San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) system has 29 branches (28 branches and a library outlet at the Briscoe Western Art Museum) throughout the city. For over 110 years, SAPL has offered a host of free services + events for the Alamo City community. In order to access these amenities, you need to get yourself a library card.

Library card perks

SAPL offers more than just book rentals, they also offer these perks to card holders:

  • eBooks
  • eAudiobooks
  • Magazines
  • CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Rays
  • Vinyl records

What’s the coolest perk of a library card, in our opinion? SAPL allows members access to over 100 publications including National Geographic, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

How do I sign up?

Registering for a SAPL library card is easy and best of all — free. Those who live in San Antonio + Bexar County can visit any library location with a photo ID and proof of current address (like a utility bill). Don’t forget the kiddos under 18, they are eligible for their own cards as long as they’re accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For instant access to digital resources like eBooks and eAudiobooks, you can pre-register for a 90-day eCard. During that time, you can bring in the required documentation to any of the SAPL branches and get a physical card to tap into library’s fullest potential.