September is National Library Sign-Up Month! The El Paso library is celebrating by encouraging parents to sign up their kids for their own library card.

Make sure when your kids go back to school this month, they are prepared with one of the biggest school essential- their very own library card.

The El Paso Public Library is celebrating National Library Sign-Up Month by reminding parents how important a library card can be for your child.

Library cards can be used to borrow books, magazines, music CDs and DVDs. Students can take practice exams for grade school, college entrance, military and civil service such as the ACT, SAT, GMAT, LSAT and ASVAB. Using their library card, they can also access computers with free internet access to download e-books, digital magazines, music, videos and more from the library website.

Not to mention getting a library card is free! And pretty easy.

According to the El Paso library website, here is what you need to a library card from the El Paso Public Library:

  • Show a United States government issued photo identification card with your picture, your name, and your current address. (General Delivery will not be accepted as an address.)
  • Complete a library card application form.

If your identification card does not include your current address, they will also need:

  • Your United States government issued identification card with your picture and your name.
  • One of the following documents
    • Texas motor vehicle registration
    • Bank statement
    • Utility bill (gas, electric or water) dated within the last 60 days
    • Unexpired lease
    • Current tax bill
    • Unexpired voter registration card

Adults must be present in the library before library cards will be issued.

If you are under 13 years of age, your parent or legal guardian must present his/her ID and sign your library card application.

Children must be present in the library when library cards are issued.
Military personnel and their dependents may show their military ID when applying for a library card, but must also provide proof of residency within the United States.

You must be registered as a library cardholder in order to borrow materials, and you must present a library card or photo ID when checking them out.

For those who live outside of the El Paso city limits, they may obtain a library card by paying a non-refundable fee of $25 for 6 months service or $50 for one year. Unfortunately those who live outside of the United States cannot obtain a library card.

According to the City of El Paso Facebook Page,

"Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning."

To find out more about El Paso Public Library, call them at (915) 212-READ or visit their website.