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