A Lake County Library map opens up a whole world of free resources. Photo credit: library staff.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – A Lake County Library Card is more powerful and even easier to get than ever.

This small but mighty map opens up a world of printed resources at all four branches of the Lake County Library.

Over the past three years, the library has made even more resources available with your card.

There are three options for obtaining a library card.

Residents can visit their local library branch, call their local branch by phone, or visit the library’s website and apply online.

The library’s website address is: http://library.lakecountyca.gov.

For many years, a Lake County Library Card has provided free access to materials from the Lake County, Sonoma, and Mendocino libraries.

In total, this provides access to over half a million physical items. Lake County alone has over 120,000 items.

The entire Lake County collection contains over 7,000 DVDs, as well as books, audiobooks, and music CDs. Patrons can search the library’s catalog online and request materials to be picked up at their local branch.

This year, thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, IMLS, you can receive books by mail.

If you’re homebound and can’t get to your local library branch, you can sign up for Books by Mail. This service allows you to receive library materials through the United States Postal Service at no cost to you.

Each branch of the Lake County Library has free Wi-Fi and public Internet computers. Thanks to an IMLS grant, your library card also allows you to check Wi-Fi hotspots and bring the Internet home. You can also borrow a Chromebook, which is a small laptop, to take home.

The Lake County Library continues to provide a wealth of digital resources, and these have also been expanded. A library card provides digital access to over one million eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming movies, TV shows, eMagazines, digital comics, and music. These digital assets are accessible on computers, smart phones, tablets and compatible televisions.

A library card also provides access to many online resources that provide professional training, skill building, and creative development.

Video learning sites like LinkedIn Learning or Coursera can help residents prepare for a new job. Creativebug offers virtual arts and crafts classes from beginner to advanced.

For children, digital resources like BookFlix or ABCmouse help with early learning. These premium resources are all free with a library card.

Visit your local branch in September and take advantage of the range of free resources available.

Lakeport Library
1425 N. High St.
Phone 707-263-8817
Opening hours: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Redbud Library
14785 Burns Valley Road, Clearlake
Phone 707-994-5115
Opening hours: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Middletown Library
21256 Washington Street
Phone 707-987-3674
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lake Superior Library
310 second street.
Phone 707-275-2049
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visit the Lake County Library website at http://library.lakecountyca.gov.