Library Card Sign-up Month Press Kit

***2019 Materials Coming Soon*** 


Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. Libraries work to remind parents and youth that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

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. From free access to STEAM programs/activities, educational apps, in-person and virtual homework help, technology workshops to the expertise of librarians, a library card is one of the most cost effective back to school supplies available.   

How much money can you save?  Visit our Library Value Calculator to total your savings.

The value of a library card........


Facts & Figures:

Public Library Use

Library Card Sign-up Month Fact Sheet

American Library Association Fact Sheet

Quotable Facts About America's Libraries

Public Service Announcements - PSAs  

Media Contacts:

Media interested in scheduling interviews with ALA spokespersons may contact Macey Morales, deputy director, ALA Communications and Marketing  Office, 312-280-4393,; Steve Zalusky, communications specialist, 312-280-1546,