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BPL Celebrates National Library Card sign-up month

August 28, 2014

Boston Public Library

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Boston Public Library celebrates Library Card Sign-up Month in September, a time when libraries across the country remind children, teens, and adults about the power of their library card.

“Our libraries are invaluable resources for community members and play a critical role in furthering the education of our residents,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I encourage Bostonians to take advantage of the free services the library system provides and sign up for a card.”

Sign up for a Boston Public Library card can be done in person at Boston Public Library locations across the city with a photo ID and proof of current residence. For immediate access to the library’s digital resources, many people start with a Boston Public Library e-card via An e-card opens the door to free e-books and audiobooks; streaming music, television, and video; digital magazines, online language learning programs, career resources, and more.

“Last year, Boston Public Library helped 73,000 Massachusetts residents sign up for a library card,” said Amy E. Ryan, President of the Boston Public Library. “Having a library card is a gateway to tremendous opportunities for learners of all ages.”

The Boston Public Library system hosts 3.7 million visitors a year and 10,000 free exhibitions, classes, author talks, lectures, story times, and more. To learn about getting a Boston Public Library card, visit Anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Massachusetts can have a Boston Public Library card.

Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit