September is Library Card Sign-up Month

by | Sep 1, 2023

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when Washoe County Library joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind everyone about the value of a library card.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the ALA and libraries work together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.

“When children get their own library card, they have so many resources to learn and grow,” said Assistant Library Director Stacy McKenzie. “They learn responsibility to take care of library books, they get to attend cool programs when they visit the libraries and, most importantly, young library card holders are most likely to be lifelong learners.”

There’s something for everyone at Washoe County Library, and signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning for students. From borrowing books, ebooks, and audiobooks to getting homework help and learning new skills, a library card helps everyone do more of what they enjoy.

This year, the library system is debuting a new card design. It’s a great time for new patrons of all ages to sign up, or for anyone in need of a replacement card to re-register. “Patrons can get a library card in person, online, in school, and now through Renown Health with our Baby’s First Library Card program,” said Library Director Jeff Scott.

To sign up for a library card or to learn more about the library’s resources and programs, please visit any Washoe County Library location or apply online today! Visit for more information.