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September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step toward academic achievement and lifelong learning.



Marley DiasMarley Dias is the honorary chair for Library Card Sign-up Month 2021

Marley Dias – an author, executive producer and founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks – is joining the ALA and libraries nationwide in promoting the power of a library card this September. As honorary chair, Dias wants to remind the public that signing up for a library card provides access to technology, multimedia content and educational programming that transforms lives and strengthens communities. “A library card provides opportunity for discovery and access to a rich and diverse world. It empowers you to make change and experience new stories," Dias said.


Library Card Holders Live HereFine forgiveness

We encourage all students in grades K – 12 to take advantage of one-time fine forgiveness at any branch from September 1 – 30

Pick from a variety of library card design options

Upgrade your library card 

Is your library card old and looking a bit ragged? Visit your local branch this September and choose a new one. We'll waive the $1.00 replacement charge. We have a variety of library card designs to choose from.  


Marley Dias READGetting a library card

Cuyahoga County Public Library card applications are available at all 27 branch locations. Adults may apply online, if desired. Customers who successfully apply in person will receive full and immediate access to our physical collectionDigital Collection and electronic resources.

•All Ohio residents are eligible to get a library card.

•There is no age requirement to become a library cardholder.

•Children may apply for a library card in person using the ID of a parent/guardian.

•Applicants must provide a valid form of identification. Please contact your local branch for more information.


Ways to celebrate

1. Visit CCPL
Head to our branches to see what's new. Do you have friends who don't have library cards? Invite them, too.

2. Participate in the ALA's #LibrariesEmpower Promotion
During Library Card Sign-up Month, spread some library love by posting to social media about how the library empowers you for a chance to win.

Here's how it works: Post to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #LibrariesEmpower. You can also submit an entry by posting a comment or wall post on the I Love Libraries Facebook page. Don't forget to tag Cuyahoga County Public Library!

The creator of one randomly selected post will receive a $100 Visa gift and an ALA Graphics The Child poster. Additionally, three second-place winners will receive an ALA Graphics The Child poster. The promotion begins Wednesday, September 1 at 1:00 p.m. EST and ends Wednesday, September 22 at 1:00 p.m. EST.

3. Help spread the word.
Follow the hashtag #LibraryCardSignUpMonth to join the celebration on social media.