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Free things you can do with your library card!

Check out all the things you can do with your library card for free!  This is a growing list, so come back to see what else we have added!  Have ideas we don’t have here yet?  Email us and let us know.

  1. Learn a new language with Pronunciator
  2. Learn a new computer program.
  3. Search for a bestseller to check out.
  4. Use the WiFi or a public computer
  5. Catch up on current events by browsing News Week, Time Magazine, or Bloomberg Business Week
  6. Introduce your grandchildren to the library
  7. Find home school resources and participate in home school activities
  8. Follow us on social media:  PublicLibraryNL
  9. Help children learn a love of reading by participating in our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program
  10. Children can learn how to play the violin
  11. Children can get a snack and participate in an after school program
  12. Families can enjoy a fun
  13. Pick up the tax return forms you need
  14. Search the millions of items in the online catalog
  15. Renew items online, by phone, or in-person
  16. Renew items by sending a text using Shoutbomb
  17. Use reliable, kid-friendly resources to do homework
  18. Check out the latest DVDs
  19. Volunteer
  20. Learn about New London
  21. Participate in the One Book One Region program
  22. Get help from the ultimate search engine – a librarian
  23. Download eBooks, eAudiobooks from anywhere with Overdrive and SimplyE
  24. Join a book discussion group
  25. Learn creative ways you can interest your toddler in books
  26. Buy a Public Library of New London Tee Shirt as a fundraiser and to show support for the library
  27. Make photocopies or print from one of our computers or wirelessly from your laptop
  28. Print from your phone or tablet and pay online with Princh
  29.  Borrow a Museum Pass to get a reduced rate or free admission on your next outing
  30. Attend an interesting lecture by a local historian
  31. Join the Friends of the Library
  32. Bring your child to Storytime and meet other parents
  33. Read every issue of The Day that has been written
  34. Check your investments
  35. Take an introductory computer class
  36. Trace your family tree
  37. Find mysteries, science fiction, romances, and westerns to enjoy
  38. Play board games after school
  39. Learn how to help your child gain early literacy skills
  40. Get help with your resume to find a job or change your career
  41. Find potty training tips and advice
  42. Pick up recommended reading lists for children, teens, and adults
  43. Create a resume and apply for jobs online
  44. Receive weekly email updates to see what’s happening at your library
  45. Join a community knitting group
  46. Shape up with an exercise video
  47. Read the latest medical research reports online
  48. Learn to identify the birds in your backyard
  49. Study in a (relatively) quiet place
  50. Use Library resources to start a small business
  51. Find reading recommendations
  52. Update your Facebook page
  53. Check out books in large print for easier reading
  54. Check out your favorite graphic novel
  55. Learn how to navigate the Internet
  56. Reserve a meeting room for your nonprofit group
  57. Look up how much that Roy Rogers lunch box is worth
  58. Attend an interesting lecture or creative workshop
  59. Be inspired by new ideas for redecorating your house
  60. Learn how to prepare your preschooler for success in school
  61. Consult consumer guides to help decide which insurance, tablet, computer, car, or washing machine to buy
  62. Check out a new or old television series
  63. Get picture books for storytelling at home
  64. Research a term paper
  65. Schedule a Library tour tailored to your group or class
  66. Open an email account
  67. Bring your family to watch a free movie
  68. Volunteer to re-shelve books
  69. Find your car’s value in our up-to-date Kelly Blue Books
  70. Find a new recipe
  71. Share online resources and databases with your students
  72. Enroll your child in the summer reading program
  73. Check out the latest fashion magazine
  74. Cool off in air-conditioned comfort on a hot summer day
  75. Be warm in the winter months
  76. Read a local newspaper
  77. Get tips on creating resumes and cover letters
  78. Apply for jobs online
  79. Find out about social service programs
  80. Publicize a nonprofit organization on the bulletin board
  81. Learn how to plant, care for, and preserve vegetables and fruits from your garden
  82. Look up the phone number of a long lost friend
  83. Participate in Adult Summer Reading and enter to win prizes
  84. Have your documents notarized
  85. Learn how to take care of your new pet
  86. Donate your used books
  87. Reserve (hold) books that will help you plan a vacation
  88. Learn a new language
  89. Get help with obtaining citizenship
  90. Keep kids entertained with audiobooks during car trips
  91. Be notified by email when the library materials you’ve requested arrive
  92. Learn Word and Excel
  93. Stay in touch with family far away through email
  94. Read minutes from past City Council Meetings
  95. Find out about local community organizations
  96. Order materials from other libraries and pick them up locally – right here in New London
  97. Drop off materials for other Connecticut libraries at the Public Library of New London
  98. Come hear an author speak about his or her latest book
  99. Borrow the New London History Series with Sally Ryan on DVD
  100. “Like” us on Facebook
  101. Follow us on Twitter
  102. Pin us on Pinterest