Get Carded at the Library in February

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Friday, July 3, 2020

We’ve got a strict policy at the Kansas City Public Library: No matter how old you look, we’ll card you. But we don’t want to see your driver’s license or ID. If you haven’t seen your card since the Clinton era, now is the perfect time to get a brand-new, shiny, redesigned Library card.

Through the end of February 2012, come into any branch and get a new Library card free of charge. (After February 29, a $1 replacement fee will apply.) The new cards come in two designs: blue for adults and orange for children and teens.

Why bother getting a new card? Here are three good reasons.

1. Security If you come into the Library to use a public computer but don’t have your card handy (or your number memorized), our circulation staff will be happy to write your account number and PIN on a piece of paper for you. Then, when you accidentally leave that scrap of paper lying around, a miscreant or ne’er-do-well (likely from out of the district), will be happy to check out books to your account. And never return them.

2. Speed Skipping the lines at the circ desk is easy with a Library card. Simply scan the card’s barcode into one of our self-checkout machines and follow the directions to check out your materials. Get out the door and get reading in the time it would take us to look up your account if you didn’t have your card in hand.

3. Savvy Forget the Benjamins and Players Club cards. When picking up the tab on some pho or hot wings, nothing looks more sophisticated than opening your purse or wallet to reveal your Library card tucked inside. It tells onlookers, “I read and therefore am a citizen of the world. Emulate me.” And don’t forget – we have keychain versions too!

So, don’t wait ‘til spring comes to get a bright, clean new card. Head to your nearest branch or apply for a new card online before February 29 to avoid the charge. Then be sure to remember to bring your card into the Library. What’s the point of getting a new card if you leave it at home?

About the Author
Jason Harper is the web content developer and social media manager at the Kansas City Public Library.