The Upper Merion Township Library’s mission is to educate, empower and engage to strengthen a connected and engaged community. The Library offers programming from birth to adulthood with a focus on educating and entertaining the community. Not sure if you want a library card? Keep reading and you might just change your mind!
- It’s free! All you have to do is show proof of residence and you’ll gain access to thousands of books, magazines, video games, DVDs, and so much more! Why pay for something that you can get for free at the library?
- You can use it from home. You can access thousands of resources offered by UMT Library without even getting out of bed. Just hop on your computer, tablet, or phone to access the eLibrary. Using your card, log into OverDrive to download ebooks and audiobooks. Try out Zinio to browse popular emagazines. Or check out Mango to learn a new language!
- Enrich your everyday life. Have a long commute? Download audiobooks for the drive. Going on vacation? Bring an ebook to the beach. Looking for a hobby? Learn a new language! There are countless resources available on the eLibrary.
- You can use it at another library. Upper Merion Township Library is part of a larger system of Pennsylvania libraries. Once you get your card from Upper Merion, you’ll be able to use Access PA, which allows you to borrow materials from more than 1,500 public libraries in the state. Find e-resources on Access PA’s POWER Library and pick up physical items by using the InterLibrary Loan system.
- Librarians can answer many of your questions. Did you like a certain book and want to read something similar? Ask a librarian for a recommendation. Do you love a specific movie or television show? The librarians may be able to suggest a book with related topics or themes. Or maybe you need help writing a report – the librarians can point you in the direction of the most relevant references. You can even ask librarians questions online using the statewide 24/7 live chat service.
- Try something new! The library is a great place to find books about various topics that may be helpful when starting a new hobby. Home cooks, DIYers, and polyglots (ask a librarian about that last one!) can find tons of books pertaining to their new interests.
- Save money on the things you love. Did you know the library provides free passes to museums and attractions like the Academy of Natural Sciences, African American Museum in Philadelphia, Elmwood Park Zoo, and more? Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Just call the library at (610) 265-4805 to check the availability of a pass.
- Meet people in your community. Libraries act as community hubs that provide a space for education, professional development, social interaction, and more. The library hosts daily programs and events allowing all types of members of the community to come together with a common interest or goal, like learning English as a second language, learning how to write a short story, or learning how to use ancestry.com to trace your family roots.
- Encourage early literacy. Kids of all ages can benefit from literacy programs in the library. Little ones will be introduced to the excitement of reading during storytimes. Older kids can sign up for homework help and SAT practice. Programs like the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, Reading Buddies, and the Summer Reading Program engage young readers and encourage literacy development.
So what are you waiting for? Sign up for your library card today!