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September is National Library Card Sign-up Month! Get in Your Element this September—sign up for a library card! From borrowing books, ebooks, and museum passes to getting homework help, learning new skills, or attending story time, a library card helps you do more of what you enjoy. Get a library card and dive into a new hobby. Use your library card to tinker in a maker space and spark your creativity. A library card is your most important school supply—it's elemental, really—and everyone should have one!

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the American Library Association and libraries unite in a national effort to ensure every child, teen, and adult in the community signs up for their own library card.

Show some love to your local library on social media by sharing how you make the most of your library card.

Do you love the library’s summer reading program, story time, or book club? Checking out DVDs, magazines, or spark kits? Do you simply enjoy getting lost in the magic of a good book? Share how YOU library!

Participating is easy:

  1. Snap a pic or shoot a video showcasing how you use your library or choose a library element that best applies to you.
  2. Post to Instagram, X, or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page with the hashtag #HowILibrary.
  3. Tag your library (@CRPublicLibrary or CRLibrary on Facebook) and your friends to help spread the word!


What's in it for you? In addition to the gratification of supporting libraries, there’s also a chance to win great prizes.

So, let's see those book stacks, creative reading spots, and all the adventures that libraries take you on! If you don’t have a photo to share, check out the Library Elements graphics at

Join the #HowILibrary movement, and let's make this the best Library Card Sign-up Month ever!