Library District launches photo contest with prizes for National Library Card Sign-Up Month

Press release from Alachua County Library District

Alachua County residents can add a library card – and possibly a grocery gift card – to their wallets in September during National Library Card Sign-Up Month.

All month, new cardholders can enter to win a $20 Publix gift card, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Gainesville, by:

  • Signing up for an Alachua County Library District card at one of our 12 locations.
  • Taking a photo with our mega card, sharing it on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and tagging @alachualibrary.

Ten winners will be announced in October. Keep an eye on the Library District’s FacebookInstagram, and Twitter all month for appearances by special library champions (Hint: you might spot a few famous Gators).

A library card gives access to nearly 815,000 items, including more than 110,000 digital books, audiobooks, and magazines. Library cardholders can log into eSource databases anywhere, check out toys, and borrow a mobile hotspot.

Current library users can also snap photos with the mega card or download ready-to-post social media graphics, tag @alachualibrary, and share during September to spread the word.

Florida residents age 18 and older can register for a library card at any library location with photo identification and proof of residency. To sign up for a card, please bring one of the following forms of identification:

  • Any current photo ID with Florida address
  • If the photo ID does not have the current Florida address, residency can be verified with:
    • Voter Registration Card
    • Rent or utility receipt
    • Personal checkbook with imprinted name and address
    • Property tax notice
    • Name and address on mail with canceled postage, including forwarded mail
    • Telephone listing in a current telephone directory

To get a library card for a minor (ages 4-17), the parent or legal guardian must have their own photo ID plus a form of ID for the child, such as a:

  • School report card
  • School immunization record
  • Health insurance card
  • Social Security card
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport