2013 Library Card Sign-up Month Press Kit

The Smartest Card, Get it, Use it @ your librarySeptember is Library Card Sign-up Month—a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents and caregivers that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year.  It is a time when the ALA and libraries across the country join together to remind parents and children that signing up for a library card is the first step in starting the school year off right. 


Facts & Figures:

Library Card Sign-up Month Fact Sheet

American Library Association Fact Sheet

Library Value Calculator

Public Library Use

Quotable Facts About America's Libraries


Public Service Announcements:


September is Library Card Sign-up Month.
Sign up for your library card today.
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Looking for e-books? All you need is a library card.
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What's the best way to get set for the school year?
Make sure your child has a library card.
A library card gives access to e-books, online homework help and other tools students need to succeed.
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Print PSA:

Print PSA featuring Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls. (PDF 2.12 MB) Deng is a two-time All-Star and noted for his humanitarian work in Africa.

Library Card Sign-up Month Public Service Announcement featuring Luol Deng


To download: Right click (Windows) or option-click (MAC) on the links above and choose "Save Target As" to save it.  Note the location of the file.










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Media interested in scheduling interviews with ALA spokespersons may contact Steve Zalusky, ALA Media Relations, 312-280-1546, szalusky@ala.org.