National Library Card Sign Up Month
September is National Library Card Sign Up Month. Wow, that’s a mouthful. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not possible for you to apply in person for a library card at Birmingham Public Library locations, however, you can apply for a library card online. Lynn Hutchins of the Circulation Department prepared a great blog post in June on just how to do that. Birmingham Public Library offers online services 24/7 through our website and registering for a library card gives you access to all of this excellent content. Here are a few examples of the great content you can access using your library card. The descriptions of the databases are from the BPL website. The Overdrive description is from its website.
Kanopy - Kanopy is a video streaming platform for libraries with one of the largest collections in the world (5x Netflix) - over 30,000 films featuring over 1,000 producers including Criterion Collection, Media Education Foundation, Great Courses, Kino Lorber, etc. Our films are more typically "educative" in nature (documentaries, foreign language films, etc) and our motto is "thoughtful entertainment" - seeking to provide patrons access to films of social and cultural importance.