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Your Library Card = Free Museum Passes & More!

Your Library Card = Free Museum Passes & More!

Have you been to your local library lately? If you don’t have a library card, then you could be missing out on some major perks! You could enjoy FREE museum admission, FREE subscription services, FREE movie streaming and so much more with your library card.

That’s right! I said library card.

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If you still think your local public library is just aisles of books, a few computers and the occasional story time for kids, then keep reading! Although Reuters found that two-thirds of Americans never go to the library, libraries across the US are adapting to attract new visitors.

We’ve been researching hidden benefits all over the US, and we’ve found some absolutely incredible things. In order to see what we’ve found in your area, select your state from the alphabetized state list below!

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Free streaming services and other digital media let you access free movies, music and audiobooks from home.

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You could get access to streaming services like Hoopla, Overdrive and Audible.com through your local library, with free access to movies, TV shows, audiobooks, e-books, magazines and so much more.  Convenient apps may even be used on your smartphone, so you won’t even have to visit your local branch to view this material. You’ll be able to access it anywhere that you can connect to the Internet!

If your library doesn’t have what you’re looking for in their system, check to see if they have reciprocal agreements with other library systems.  You easily get cards at multiple library systems, giving you even more access to FREE digital media.

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A Library of Things can let you borrow items for free so you don’t have to buy them!

love Library of Things. Not every library system offers this, but many do. The Library of Things allows you to borrow items and equipment directly from your local branch. We’ve found systems that let you check out sewing machines, drum sets, guitars, GoPro cameras, cake pans, telescopes, exercise equipment, cameras and more.

You may even be able to check out WiFi hotspots, so you can get free Internet in your home!

Free Makerspaces provide cheap opportunities for creativity and invention!

If you’re a creator (or an aspiring creator) of any kind, then you need to know about Makerspaces! Epic Makerspaces are being added to library systems across the US. These elite, state-of-the-art innovation centers feature high-tech equipment specifically for public use. Several branches offer 3D printers, milling machines, soldering stations, recording studios, green-screen video studios, video editors and even printing presses!

These spaces usually offer classes to help you learn how to use the equipment. In most cases, access to the Makerspace is free. However, there may be a small cost for whatever materials you use.

Free online courses, classes, and software let improve your life at your own pace.

Want to learn another language, improve your job skills, prepare for certification exams or just learn something new? It can be challenging to find time to dig into these subjects. That’s why it’s so beneficial that so many libraries are now offering free digital access to abundant learning software. These programs are easy to use at home and may be accessible through your local library system.

While researching these articles, I’ve found that most libraries offer access to learning software like Mango Languages, Lynda.com, Microsoft Imagine Academy, Universal Class, Learning Express and more. These services can help you master those skills and improve your life at your own pace. And with your library card, it may all be free!

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Free museum passes provide endless adventures for low cost!

Many libraries offer free museum passes to local zoos, aquariums, children’s museums, art museums and more! These cultural partnership initiatives are especially beneficial to low income families. While most libraries have at least a few passes, some places offer a lot of them. In California and Michigan, library cardholders can access hundreds of free venues!

Museum passes can usually be reserved online but have to be picked up from your local library. Some of them are just paper certificates that can be thrown away after they’re used and others have to be returned to the branch. For more information on what your library offers, choose your state from the list below!

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Fortunately for you, we’re super-sleuths when it comes to secret benefits. There’s nothing we love more than freebies!

In fact, we only started this series when I discovered some crazy benefits at my local Washington library systems. I’ve lived here my entire life and I had no idea I could save money on trips to the Seattle Aquarium or MoPOP or our local children’s museum. As soon as I found out about these programs, I wanted to share them and help you discover the hidden library perks in your local community!

What can your library card do?

Select your state from the list below! We have alphabetized the list in order to make it easier to use.

If your local library isn’t listed, let us know and we’ll add it to our research list! It can take a while for our researchers to catch up with the list (there’s a lot of libraries in the US!) but we’ll do our best to get that information to you as quickly as we can. Leave a comment with what library you’d like us to add next! Be sure to tell us what specific library system to research.

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Here’s what we’ve found so far:

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Oregon

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Virginia

Washington

Washington DC

Wisconsin

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Have too much month at the end of your money? Me too - and that's how Low Income Relief got started. I have over 20 years of professional research and writing experience. Over the years, I've worked as a novelist, journalist, ghostwriter and content creator. My work has been featured in various print and online publications, including USA Today, eHow.com, Livestrong.com, Legal Beagle, The Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), The Chronicle (Centralia, WA) and others. At Low Income Relief, I use my professional research and reporting experience to help low income families save money and make ends meet. It's been my full-time job since 2016, and it's truly an honor to serve you.

Kyle Dahlstedt

Friday 8th of October 2021

I live in wheatland wyoming there's no listings for wyoming at all. It would really b nice tho to b able to check out a hotspot from the library for internet.

Casey Lynne

Thursday 30th of September 2021

Montana?? Anything you might know available for Montana would be greatly appreciated!

Jaime

Monday 2nd of August 2021

Did you know you can purchase a library e-cards for libraries outside of your own community?

https://www.aworldadventurebybook.com/blog/libraries-with-non-resident-borrowing-privileges

Charlie Blatchford

Sunday 14th of February 2021

i am in Homer Alaska

Linda Wagner

Friday 18th of September 2020

I see nothing for my area. I live in Burney, CA. 96013 Shasta County. Closest big city is Redding, Ca. But we do have a small library here in Burney. Thank-you for all your free advice for us low income seniors. I also have a EBT card..