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