Take a Page From Our Book and Get Your Free Library Card

Some of the best things in life are free, and that includes the wealth of digital resources that can be found in the virtual stacks of the DC Public Library and Montgomery County Public Library systems. Though the thousands upon thousands of books in your local library may seem impressive, it’s truly the tip of the iceberg when compared to the abundance of resources that can be found online. Newspapers, journals, and encyclopedias barely scratch the surface— there are movies and shows on demand, business and career planners, language learning tools, test prep and homework help, and so much more.

With a free library card you gain access to boundless information on an array of topics, limited only by the scope of your imagination and how much time you have to spare to peruse the offerings. Some of these free selections include:
Consumer Reports
Research thousands of products with test results, ratings, recommendations and buying guides.
Job & Career Accelerator
Everything you need for a successful job search. Explore occupations, search for jobs, create resumes, and improve skills.
Stream 30,000+ films from collections such as The Criterion Collection, as well as thousands of independent filmmakers.
Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone courses offer learning for 30 different languages.
Testing and Education Reference Center
Practice SAT, ACT, AP, TOEFL, GRE, LSAT, GED, SSAT, NCLEX, civil service, career, military exams and many more, with both interactive and eBook formats. Search for colleges and graduate programs by your own criteria.
A digital platform that provides access to a variety ebooks, audiobooks, comics, movies, music, and television shows. All content is available immediately - no holds required!
Gale Business: Plan Builder
This highly intuitive online planning tool has what you need to move through the entire business development cycle.
New York Times, Current and Historic
Access New York Times articles from 1851-present.
RBdigital Magazines
Popular full-color digital magazines for reading on your computer, tablet, or phone.
Great Courses
Learn something about almost anything, from history to health, science to literature with RBdigital's Great Courses. Over 3,500 engaging video lectures from top professors.
JSTOR is an interdisciplinary archive of several hundred well-known academic and scholarly journals spanning 60 disciplines in Arts & Science.
Classical Scores Library
Find and print more than 45,000 classical music scores covering major classical genres and time periods from medieval to contemporary. Contains full, study, piano and vocal scores.
Dance in Video
Stream dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies from the 20th Century. Includes ballet, tap, jazz contemporary, experimental and modern concert dance.
HeritageQuest Online
Rich resource for genealogists, including Census and U.S. military records and full-text family and local histories.
Libby App by OverDrive
OverDrive offers a wide range of popular adult, teen, and children's eBooks and audiobooks. Borrow, download, and read ebooks and audiobooks from your local public library for free.

  • To apply for a Montgomery County Public Library card you must: live, work, or go to school in Montgomery County; live in Maryland; live in DC; or live in Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Fairfax, Loudoun, or Prince William Counties in Northern Virginia.
  • To apply for a DC Public Library card you must: live in DC; live in Montgomery County or Prince George’s County; live in Fairfax, Loudon, Arlington, Prince William, Falls Church, Alexandria, or Frederick Counties; or apply and pay for a nonresident card.

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