All YPL locations will be closed Sunday, Feb. 12 & Monday, Feb. 13 in observance of Lincoln’s Birthday and Sunday, Feb. 19 & Monday, Feb. 20 in observance of Washington’s Birthday.

National Library Card Sign Up Month

The month of September marks the end of summer – the temperature starts to cool, kids go back to school, and summer vacations become a distant memory. But September also kicks off National Library Card Sign-Up Month.

You can register in-person or online to get your library card. Any resident of Westchester can get a library card for their city or town. The Yonkers Public Library has three amazing branches – Riverfront, Grinton I. Will, and Crestwood. Residents of the Bronx can register for a library card with the Yonkers Public Library. Even non-residents of Westchester can register for a card! 

Fans of the PBS show “Arthur” know that having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card, and it’s true! Your library card is a powerful tool that gives you access to thousands of books, movies and music in the Westchester Library System.

Apps like Libby, Hoopla and Kanopy are connected through your library card to give you access to thousands of e-books, audiobooks, movies, TV shows and music albums from any digital device. 

Through our Museum Pass Program, your library card gets you free admission to participating museums including the Hudson River Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, the Storm King Art Center, and many more!  

Your library card also grants you access to several online databases, including the Gale Courses, which offers hundreds of online, instructor-led courses in professional development, technology, and personal enrichment courses.

The library is your key to open the door to reading, learning and culture in Westchester County and beyond. Let all your friends and family know about all of the benefits of having a library card and sign up at your local branch today!

Ways to Celebrate: 

It’s the most powerful tool in your wallet – show it off! Share a photo of yourself with your library card for the chance to win $100!

Purple and pink graphic from American Library Association featuring a mouse holding a library card

Post to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #GetLibraryCarded. Entries can also be submitted by posting as a comment or wall post on the I Love Libraries Facebook page. Be sure not to reveal any personal information on your library card and don’t forget to tag your library! The creator of one randomly-selected post will receive a $100 Visa gift and a poster of choice from ALA Graphics. Three second-place winners will receive their poster of choice from ALA Graphics.

The #GetLibraryCarded promotion begins Thursday, September 1, at noon CT and ends Friday, September 23, at noon CT. All library lovers and librarians are encouraged to participate. The promotion is open to residents of the United States, Washington, D.C., and U.S. Territories. Employees of the American Library Association are not eligible to participate.

Official Rules (PDF)

Alison Robles is a part-time clerk at the Crestwood Library. She is an avid reader with a passion for fantasy, history and science fiction. A Yonkers native, she graduated from Iona University in 2020 with a dual-degree in Marketing and Public Relations.