A free Suffolk Libraries library card unlocks lots of surprises. All for free either online or through your local library.
Here are ten things that you can do with your library card:
1. Take a course to learn some new skills
Our Great Courses are provided by our Kanopy eLibrary service, which
also gives you access to top indie films and documentaries. Thousands of
lectures and instructional videos at your fingertips on a huge variety
of subjects. Want to be a better cook? Or learn about Asian culture? Or
take up photography? Kanopy has the course for you.
Get started with Kanopy →
2. Download and listen to music
Our Freegal service is like having a whole music library at your
fingertips - listen to your favourite songs, albums or artists without
spending a penny. Whether you're relaxing at home or out-and-about, this
service lets you relax with your tunes.
Get started with Freegal →
3. Start a reading group
We can set you up with a free, special library account so you can
borrow more books to cover reading group sizes. Our libraries also
provide free, welcoming space for your group to meet and discuss your
Find out more about setting up a reading group →
4. Discover your family history
Popular family history sites such as Ancestry and Find My Past are
accessible in full with your library card through our library computers.
Find out your family history →
5. Read magazines online
No need to stop at the newsagents or buy a subscription to get the
latest copies of your favourite publications, try our PressReader
service instead. Thousands of major world magazines and newspapers are
at your disposal. International versions are also available - so you can
keep up with anywhere in the world!
Get started with PressReader →
6. Access millions of academic research papers
Doing research? Studying for your degree? Working in an academic
field? All of this is possible with your library card, with millions of
academic research papers and journals covering art, architecture,
business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy,
mathematics and the sciences at your fingertips.
Try our Access to Research from a library computer →
For young children...
7. Get ready for school
Our Get Ready for School book bag is designed for families with
children about to start school. It contains handy information cards and
three reassuring stories about the school day. Any member of Suffolk
Libraries can borrow a Get Ready for School book bag for free through
our catalogue. Please note that due to the COVID-19 situation,
reservations are currently suspended.
8. Help with homework
In these times of fake news, it is more important than ever for
children to access quality, trustworthy resources. The Britannica for
Children Library is easy and accessible for anyone with a library card.
Britannica for students is also available for older children and teens.
Get started with Britannica →
9. Watch children's TV shows and films
Our Kanopy Kids service offered unlimited watch time on a range of
children's TV shows and films for a wide scope of age groups. Unlike the
service for adults, there is no limit on the amount of content that you
can access, so allow your children's imaginations to run wild!
Get started with Kanopy →
10. Visit the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary
In October 2019, we launched our Wordplay sessions for 0-5s which
included a special event with the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary. Any child
between 0-5 that shows their children's card at the Suffolk Owl
Sanctuary will be permitted free entry into the sanctuary. You may even
catch a glimpse of our Suffolk Libraries plaque!
Find out more about our partnership →
Not sure how to get a library card? Find out how to join the library →.