September 9, 2019

Library celebrates National Library Card Sign-up Month

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) is joining with the American Library Association and public libraries across the country this month to encourage parents, caregivers and young minds to sign up for a library card.

A Columbus Metropolitan Library card is free and enables cardholders to:

  • Check out books
  • Download eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • Stream music and movies
  • Read magazines online
  • Find information with online resources
  • Use public computers
  • Reserve a meeting room
  • Get Homework Help
  • Get reading practice with Reading Buddies
  • Join Summer Reading Challenge and Winter Reading Challenge

Prospective customers can register at or by stopping in any of CML’s 23 locations. A valid photo ID is required.

Children ages 17 and under can also sign up for a special Kids Card that enables them to check out up to five books and get free afterschool help in CML’s 23 Homework Help Centers. Children can ask a CML staff member for more details. No parent or caregiver signature is required.

CML is a fine-free public library, having eliminated overdue fines in January 2018. Fees can still be imposed, however, on items deemed lost or damaged.

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Challenge and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment resources.

CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. CML was also named 2010 Library of the Year by Library Journal.