Wednesday, July 02, 2014

New Youth Library Card at the Albany Public Library

MyCARD Makes it Easier for Albany Kids and Teens to Access APL on Own

APL is making it easier for Albany youngsters to use the library with the new MyCARD. This library card allows Albany children to get a library card on their own and use it to borrow up to three items at a time, with no late fees. MyCARD also gives users access to the library's free public computers and to digital materials, like eBooks and eMagazines, which are available for free from the library's website.  
MyCARD is only available to city of Albany youth under the age of 18, and can only be used at APL's seven locations in the city of Albany. As part of the MyCARD rollout, which begins on June 27, Albany Public Library is waiving late fees on all current children's cards. This one-time waiver will put current children's cardholders on the same level playing field as new MyCARD cardholders.

"The benefit of MyCARD is that youngsters can come into the library on their own and get a card that lets them borrow up to three items at a time, and have the freedom to take as long as they need to read those books without racking up late fees," Assistant Director Melanie Metzger said. "Once done with a book, a MyCARD user can return it to the library and borrow another one. This new card gives children and teens an opportunity to explore the library, and the world of reading, on their own."

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