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Lookit These Library Cards From Around The US!

From the papyri scrolls of ancient Alexandria, to Benjamin Franklin’s Junto in Philadelphia, to the “bookless” library in San Antonio, to the very mobile Lower Ninth Ward Street Library in New Orleans, libraries hold the knowledge of a culture—and are greater than the sum of their holdings. Did you know that libraries in every state lend print and digital books? And all for free!

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4. Fayetteville, Arkansas

Fayetteville Public Library was the first library in Arkansas to win the Library of the Year Award in 2005. Not only do they lend books and ebooks, they also host book clubs that discuss fiction, nonfiction, and mystery books.

8. New Castle, Delaware

The Delaware Library Catalog strives to bring communities and organizations together. They offer a free mobile app, an Ask A Librarian service that's 24/7, and librarians who might approach you and ask, "What do you geek?"

9. Orlando, Florida

The Orange County Library System in Florida offers an assortment of library cards such as: adult, juvenile, and the PC pass for use of their PC computers. Their excellent programming includes a monthly Writers' Corner. And info on hurricane preparedness!

11. Honolulu, Hawaii


The Hawaii Public Library System is dedicated to fostering a love of reading and learning to its communities. (And it’s so pretty!) The library's programs include: music performances, preschool storytimes, cultural events, author talks, and informational seminars. Visit them in person, on their website, or on Instagram.

18. New Orleans, Louisiana

The New Orleans Public Library is comprised of various branches and resource centers for the city, including the African American Resource Center, Youth Services, the YMCA Adult Literacy Center, and a city archive. "Speaking Volumes" = clever tagline.

21. Detroit, Michigan

The Detroit Public Library is the largest library system in the state and has more than 4.1 million items available to its patrons. Their Skillman Branch is home to the National Automotive History Collection, an archive of 600,000 photographs and documents.

24. Rankin, Mississippi

We love the fact that someone used the tagline “Be the smartest student . . . get the smartest card!” was used to celebrate The Central Mississippi Regional Library System. And that they have a telephone-based "Dial-A-Story" program!

25. Springfield, Missouri

The Springfield-Greene County Library District supports literacy in their community with reading programs, offers computer classes, and highlights local history with books about the region. (Photo courtesy of The Springfield-Greene County Library District)

38. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Jeremy Webner and associates redesigned the Free Library of Philadelphia to be more welcoming and fun for readers of all ages. They introduced this new card to go with the cool revamped space. And when you can't make it in person, catch up via their series of podcasts. (Photo courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia)

47. Seattle, Washington


The Seattle Public Library has several designs for patrons to choose from, including Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, Mount Rainier and Central Library, and one very cute, kid-friendly card. Opportunity. Imagination. Discovery. Fun. Awesome. And you can use your library card to reserve and print out an admission pass to participating Seattle museums at no charge.

50. Cheyenne, Wyoming

The Wyoming State Library card represents its state perfectly with its landscape-and-mountain design. You may also like its Library Cafe, with all proceeds benefiting the Laramie County Library System’s services and programs.

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