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National Library Card Sign-up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Kalamazoo Public Library joins with the American Library Association and other public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a library card.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. For students, a library card is essential. A library card provides access to e-books, homework help and a multitude of online research tools and resources for their studies.

A library card at KPL also means access to computers and free Internet access. For those without Internet access at home, a library card may mean the difference between failing and having a successful school year.


Get Carded & Get Rewarded!

Kalamazoo residents who sign up for, or renew their KPL Library Card during the month of September are eligible for exclusive discounts at participating businesses as well as being entered for a bonus reward! 

Follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Sign up for or renew your FREE KPL Library card at any KPL location

Step 2: Visit participating Kalamazoo businesses, show your KPL Library Card, and receive an exclusive 10% off discount

Step 3: Explore, Discover and Engage with all the resources and services available to you and your family as KPL Library Card holders. Visit your library online at or at any of our five locations!

Bonus: Present a Library Card Sign-up Month postcard at time of sign-up or renewal, and be entered into a drawing for an Amazon Fire 7. Five chances to win!

Participating Businesses

During the month of September only, the following businesses are offering a 10% discount to customers who present their Kalamazoo Public Library Card at time of purchase. *Some restrictions may apply. See below or inquire at time of purchase. This list will continue to grow during the month of September, so be sure to check back frequently for updates.



Supporting Community Organizations

Kalamazoo Public Library thanks the following community organizations that are supporting Library Card Sign-up Month by spreading the word to local residents about all KPL has to offer them.