13 Ways to Save With Your Library Card

National Library Card Signup Month runs Sept. 1-Sept. 30. Anyone residing in Greater Cincinnati can stop by with an ID or proof of their current address to apply for a free Kenton County Public Library card, opens a new window. Children will need a guardian's signature.

Everyone knows you can borrow books from the library with your library card, but did you know there are many other ways to save money with your card? Here are 13 favorites:

  1. Career Navigator, opens a new window – Get help fine-tuning your interviewing skills with a Career Navigator at the library.
  2. Library of Things, opens a new window – Having a party? Borrow Jenga (Toppling Tower), ring toss or other fun games. Enjoy looking at the stars? We have telescopes. Want to see if Uncle Frank buried the family gold? Borrow a metal detector!
  3. HelpNow, opens a new window – HelpNow provides free online homework help seven days a week. 
  4. Hoopla, opens a new window – Ditch the expensive subscription services and stream movies, music and audiobooks for free through Hoopla with your library card!
  5. Libby , opens a new window– Save money on magazines, audiobooks and eBooks by borrowing these items for free with your library card on Libby.
  6. Kanopy , opens a new window– Watch movies, documentaries, foreign films, classic cinema, and more. You can watch five free movies each month with your library card.
  7. Empower Tools, opens a new window - Moving? Borrow hand trucks, ratchet strap sets and moving blankets. Doing a home project but don’t have the right tool? Borrow it! Is the dryer lint trap desperate for a cleaning? Borrow a cleaning removal kit. Need a wheelbarrow or ladder? We’ve got you covered.
  8. Creativebug, opens a new window - Learn a new craft or hobby like sewing, baking, beading or book binding by taking a free online class.
  9. Oral History Kit, opens a new window – Record your family history. The kit includes an Olympus WS-853 Digital Voice Recorder, instructions, and sample interview release forms.
  10. Mango Languages, opens a new window – Learn a new language with this free online tool. 
  11. Gale Courses, opens a new window - Take a free interactive, instructor-led course entirely online. Subjects include writing, healthcare, design, business, cryptocurrencies, sign language, weight loss, personal investing, leadership and more. 
  12. Legal Forms Database, opens a new window – Get free legal forms for wills, power of attorney, sale of homes, leases and more.
  13. Consumer Reports, opens a new window – Not sure what refrigerator or computer to buy? Get access to Consumer Reports articles and rankings online. 

Visit kentonlibrary.org to put items on hold and discover more ways to save with a library card, opens a new window