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Who Needs A Library Card?

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We hear it all the time. Maybe not in so many words, but the question is implied. Why bother with a library card when you can get it all on the Internet?

Good question. What does a library card get you that the Internet doesn’t?

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Not everything is on the Internet. And not everything on the Internet is free. But the Library provides free access to several online services, all of which require a library card to access.

High school and college students and job seekers can get help from Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center. Find college planning and financial aid, job and industry profiles, job-hunting and workplace skills here.

Students doing research for papers can access one of the most authoritative encyclopedias published in Britannica Online. NewsBank provides articles from newspapers around the world on current events.

Travelers and students can learn 36 languages through Mango Languages. And speakers of 15 other languages can get English instruction.

Genealogists can search the U. S. census through HeritageQuest with a library card. HQ also provides 28,000 local and family histories with keyword searching to help locate people and places. HQ includes the PERSI database of 2.3 million articles from genealogy publications, files from the Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant applications, and Freedman’s Bank records. Ancestry Library Edition, which has content not found on, is available in the library only. GenealogyBank has historical newspapers from every state.

Book lovers searching for books in a favorite series will find chronology, brief summaries, and author notes on thousands of series through eSequels. And they will find readalike suggestions and a wealth of other background information in NoveList.

It is possible to find thousands of free eBooks on the Internet, but most of them are copyright-free books, published before 1923. If you are looking for classics, you can find them. But if you want the latest thriller by James Patterson or Lee Child or Daniel Silva, you need OverDrive. Through this service, you will find 1350 current popular eBook titles to download to your eReader.

Your library card allows you to download 2100 audiobooks from OverDrive to your computer and then to a portable device.

You can also borrow audiobooks in Playaway format, which is a portable device smaller than a deck of cards. Plug in earbuds and listen to the Playaway while you walk, string beans, or pull weeds.

Want some entertainment for your daily commute or weekend trip?  Borrow from the library’s collection of audiobooks on CD.


Your library card allows you to borrow from among 3000 DVDs for all ages.


You have free use of thousands of books for entertainment and enrichment, all thanks to your library card. If you don’t want to buy everything you read, you need a library card.


Many people still do not own or have access to a computer, or they don’t have Internet service at home. For them, a library card offers a lifeline to the rest of the world, because they can use library computers to get to the Internet.


September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. If you have not yet gotten a card for yourself or for your child, now is the perfect time to visit the library and apply for one. Bring identification and you can be in business in no time. It’s the smartest card you can carry. Best of all, it’s FREE. For more information, visit or call 988-2541.

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