Top 7 Reasons Your Child Needs a Library Card

Two young girls hold up their library cards and smile

1. Pride and excitement
We see it every day. Children light up when they sign their name to their own library card. For many kids, a library card is the first card in their wallet with their name on it. They take pride in being a member of the library and having something that is their own.

A girl watches her mother fill out her library card application

2. Responsibility
Asking children to be responsible for their card and for items they’ve checked out on their card teaches them to be accountable. They will begin to learn about consequences if they lose their items.

A librarian hands two young girls library cards

3. Good Citizenship
Having and using a library card is a tangible way to be part of the community. Kids begin to recognize the civic resources available to them, and how to be responsible for them. 

A girl waits patiently to check out her library books

4. Self-discipline
Checking out a book is one step in a decision-making process. When kids go to the library, they have thousands of titles to choose from. Selecting their books for the week helps them learn how to negotiate a collection, choose thoughtfully, and learn patience when a title isn’t available.

A girl looks at and pulls out a book from a library shelf

5. Problem-solving and taking initiative
Help your kids learn how to find books on their own. It’s the first step in teaching research skills and problem solving. They can start with the online catalogue at home to find the titles they are interested in. Once they are in the library, they can learn the system for finding their books. You can make a game of it.

A girl hugs a book she has chosen

6. Exploration and discovery
The library is a risk-free place where kids can explore different kinds of books, movies and music. Studies show that when kids choose their own materials, they tend to enjoy reading more and develop into life long readers. A library card is truly a window to the world.

Rows of library books

7. There's more for you!
When you’re not sharing your card with your children, you can check out more of the materials you love!

Ready to apply for a card?

Great! Visit any library location to apply for your child's card today. Be sure to bring identification and proof of address.