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Ten things you can do with your library card

Ten things you (maybe) never knew you could do with a library card.

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 latest reads.

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. 

Borrow a Get Ready for School pack →

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 →.