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Library Card Sign-up Month Fact Sheet

52 Ways to Use Your Library Card

U.S. Public Library Statistical Trends

American Library Association Fact Sheet

52 Ways to Use Your Library Card
(for each week of the year)

  1. Get to know your librarian, the ultimate search engine @ your library®.
  2. Browse your favorite Web site(s).
  3. Plan your next vacation.
  4. Find a list of childcare centers in your area.
  5. Learn about local candidates for office.
  6. Pick up voter registration information.
  7. Reserve the latest mystery.
  8. Pick up a video.
  9. Listen to a classical CD.
  10. Participate in a community forum.
  11. Find out how to navigate the Internet.
  12. Prepare your resume.
  13. Get new ideas for redecorating your house.
  14. Get a list of community organizations.
  15. Attend a lecture or workshop.
  16. Hear a local author reading his/her latest novel.
  17. Join a book discussion group.
  18. Attend preschool story hour with your child.
  19. Get homework help.
  20. Look up all kinds of health information.
  21. Research the purchase of a new car.
  22. Trek to another planet in a Sci-Fi novel.
  23. Call the reference desk if you have a question.
  24. Research your term paper.
  25. Learn about the history or your city or town.
  26. Decide which computer to buy using a consumer guide.
  27. Check your stock portfolio.
  28. Read a newspaper from another country.
  29. Borrow an audiobook for your next road trip.
  30. Use the library’s resources to start a small business.
  31. See a new art exhibit.
  32. Volunteer as a literacy tutor.
  33. Find a new recipe.
  34. Ask for a recommended reading list for your kids.
  35. Make photocopies.
  36. Get a book from interlibrary loan.
  37. Enroll your child in a summer reading program.
  38. Take a computer class.
  39. Hear a poetry reading.
  40. Take out the latest fashion magazine.
  41. Enjoy a concert.
  42. Trace your family tree.
  43. Check out a special collection of rare books.
  44. Check out a legal question or issue.
  45. Find out how to file a consumer complaint.
  46. Get nostalgic by looking at old magazines.
  47. Borrow some sheet music.
  48. Learn how to use a database or computerized catalog.
  49. Find the latest romance paperback.
  50. Pick up tax forms.
  51. Get some Internet training.
  52. Find a quiet spot, curl up with a book and enjoy.

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Library Card Sign-up Month, 52 ways to use your library card, Public Information Office, August 2005