September is Library Card Sign-up Month! This is a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that the most important school supply of all is a library card.
All Delaware residents are eligible for a free library card. Simply complete a registration form and present it with a photo ID at your local Delaware public library!
Libraries Across America
According to ILoveLibraries.com there are 123,000 libraries throughout the US! These include not only public libraries, but also, “School, Academic and Special Libraries. There are also Armed Forces libraries, Government libraries and multi-use or Joint-Use libraries, which combine library types in one service area or structure.
Public libraries serve communities of all sizes and types…. At the core of public library service is the belief in free access to information-that no one should be denied information because he or she cannot afford the cost of a book, a periodical, a Web site or access to information in any of its various formats.
Libraries are great democratic institutions that serve people of every age, income level, location, ethnicity or physical ability, and provide the full range of information resources needed to live, learn, govern, and work. Because libraries bring free access to all, they also bring opportunity to all.
Fundamental to public library service is the right of every citizen in that jurisdiction to the information in the public library. This information may come in almost any format, as printed material, available to be borrowed by the library user, or as the library user’s access to an Internet terminal, a type of audio or video format, a periodical, a pamphlet or even attendance at an informational program. Generally, residence in a municipality is all that is needed to obtain a library card. That card opens the door to an impressive array of materials, services, and programs to that area’s resident.
In some states universal borrowing allows residents of the state to access and borrow materials anywhere within the state. In other states, access and borrowing is regional and elsewhere, access and borrowing is local. Even when materials are not immediately available, however, most libraries will make an effort to obtain material through inter-library loan, borrowing it on behalf of local users. With inter-library loan as an option, most public libraries can offer almost unlimited resources.”
To learn more, please visit the American Library Association.
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