Library Card Sign-Up Month

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September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

We’re so glad you’re here and want to sign up for a library card! If you already have a card, stick around on this page. We have something going on this month for you too!

A library card opens up a world of possibilities. Begin your adventure with eBooks, premium databases, and material check outs today. Your library card gives you access to all Roanoke Valley Libraries: Botetourt, City of Roanoke, City of Salem, and Roanoke County. Sign up for one on our website here. 

Check out our Welcome Week happening this month at all RCPL locations!

Curious about the history of Library Card Sign-Up Month? Check out this page. Find out what RCPL has to offer with your library card here.

About this Year's Honorary Chairs

Tony Award-winning performer, actress, singer-songwriter, and philanthropist Idina Menzel and her sister author and educator Cara Mentzel will serve as honorary chairs of Library Card Sign-Up Month 2022.

As honorary chairs, Idina and Cara will remind everyone that one of the best places to find your voice is at the library. And during Library Card Sign-Up Month, they want you to explore all the library has to offer, like new children’s books, access to technology, and educational programming.

Library Card Signup Month

Using the Library

Accessing the collection is easy with your library card. Visit a Roanoke County Public Library to check out materials or use our virtual library to check out eBooks, eMagazines, and eAudiobooks. Place items on hold through our catalog or give us a call. So we can verify your information, please have your library card number available.


Visit our eCollection to borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines with services like Libby and cloudLibrary. Each platform offers different items, so be sure to check them all out. Find out more on our eCollection here. You can also view what is available in the eCollection through our catalog at

Placing Items on Hold

To place physical items on hold with your library card visit or give your favorite Roanoke County Library a call during operating hours. If you’re looking to browse, check out NovelistPlus, available for free with your library card. You can also sign up for our Library Concierge service to receive books each month based on your favorite genres, we even have Video Valet for movie lovers!

Premium Databases and our Virtual Library

Premium Databases and our Virtual Library are available 24/7 and give you access to your library anywhere. Here are some of the databases available:

Consumer Reports provides ratings and buying advice for thousands of products. Find the best buys, most reliable brands, and important safety features.

HeritageQuest Online
 combines searchable images of U.S. federal census records, family records, and local histories.

Mango Languages is an online language-learning system that can help you learn a new language (67 to choose from) at your own pace.

Brainfuse JobNow provides live interactive online help combined with online resources to guide you through the necessary tasks to get a job.

Just for Kids is a streaming video collection that includes clips from thousands of fun and informative video and audio titles including music and arts, animals, sports and hobbies, math and science, history, reading, and much more, plus hundreds of educational interactives that are kid safe and ad-free. 

U.S. Major Dailies collects the contents of five major newspapers: Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

For a full list of databases visit our Premium Databases page.