September is National Library Card Signup Month and established to remind everyone how a library card is the Smartest Card you can own. If you don't have one, this is the perfect time to head out to your Abilene Public Library to get one.
Obtaining a card is free, as long as you live in Taylor County, and all you need to get one is a Photo ID and verification of your address (i.e. driver's license, personal checks, insurance, water bill, etc.). Please note, minors will need a parent or legal guardian present to get them a library card.
If you don't live in Taylor County, you may still get a library card to provide you with the same great services at the affordable cost of just $10.00, which is still a price you can't beat.
If you have a computer at home with Internet access, and a printer, feel free to print out a copy of our registration forms online. Then you can have them filled out already, and make the process of getting your card that much more effortless on your next visit. We have forms for Adults, Youth, and the Internet Forms available for your convenience.
Owning your library card affords you with a ton of opportunities including, but certainly not limited to...
- Checking out books, audiobooks, music CDs, videos, magazines, and more.
- Accessing library computers for the Internet, Microsoft Office Applications, and more.
- Downloading digital audiobooks and e-Books through the OverDrive service.
- Access a host of databases online for your reference, research, and leisure needs.
- Acquire materials through the Interlibrary Loan service to ensure we find a copy of an item you want to checkout, even if we don't currently own it.
- Borrowing privileges not only at your three (3) public library branch locations, but also at your three (3) private university libraries including Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons, and McMurry Universities.
- And More...
Sponsored by the American Library Association's Campaign for America's Libraries, the value of having a smart card of your own is immeasurable. They provide you with much more than the basic ability to checkout a book, for did you know that 90% of Americans agree that the library is the place to go for lifelong learning? Did you know students who use their libraries actually do better in school, especially when using both print and online resources available through their libraries to help with their homework?