Library Corner: Get your free library card today |

Library Corner: Get your free library card today

I’m always a little surprised when someone tells me they’ve lived in Grand County for years but have never been to any of our wonderful libraries.

Sometimes people may feel a bit intimidated by the idea of walking into a library, afraid they’ll be embarrassed by not knowing how to locate a book or use the online catalog. Or even worse, what if there’s some secret library handshake they don’t know about?

But libraries are for everyone. Your local library belongs to you and to all the members of our community. Libraries aren’t the stuffy, stern places you may imagine but instead, warm and inviting spaces full of free and exciting resources. There’s no “library exam” you have to pass, and if you have questions, our staff is always eager to help.

Your local library has DVDs, CDs, musical instruments, story times, computers, wi-fi, downloadable resources, and of course, lots of books, all just waiting for you!

How can you take advantage of this bounty? All you need is a library card. Fortunately, getting a library card is easy and free!

Here’s all you need to do:

Present a government-issued photo ID

Prove that you own property in Grand County or receive mail at a Grand County PO Box/Mailing Address (a piece of mail addressed to you works great!)

Or, Present a library card from another library in the state of Colorado, along with your ID

Or, If you don’t have proof of address or another Colorado library card, you can get a Limited Use Card, which allows you to check out 5 items at a time. Just present your ID and provide an email address and phone number.

If you’re already a GCLD library cardholder, you may be interested to learn about a couple of great features that make managing your account even easier:

Shoutbomb is a service that allows you to receive text messages when your books are due, when your holds arrive, or when you have overdue items. You can even use Shoutbomb to renew your materials. To get started, text “SIGNUP” to 970-620-9150.

Linked Accounts allows you to manage multiple accounts at once, so you can see all the information in one place. This feature is especially useful for families who have children with individual cards. To link accounts, log into, select the “My Account” tab and log in with your library card. Next, select “Account Settings,” scroll to the bottom of the page, and click “Add an Account.” Then, simply enter the library card numbers of the accounts that you wish to link.

So, please, drop by your local library today to get a new card. Or dust off the card that’s been hiding in the back of your wallet. We’ll look forward to seeing you! (Maybe we’ll even show you the secret library handshake!)

Tess Riley is library services specialist for the Grand County Library District.

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