Rockland Public Library encourages people to obtain a library card during September, which is national Library Card Sign-Up Month.

The library provides access to an extensive on-site collection and to an expanded collection via two shared systems, Minerva and MaineCat. In addition to books and DVDs, the library lends a thermal imaging camera, electricity usage monitor, fitness kits, a telescope, binoculars, ukuleles, drums and other items. It offers access to downloadable audio and digital-format books; computers and assistance for access to the internet; office productivity software; printing; scanning and copying; free programs and events for the public; a self-service fax machine; assistance with patron-owned devices; and a notary public. Staff provide research assistance and help navigating online government forms. Internet access via Wi-Fi is available around the clock, even when the library is closed.

People who live in or own property in the city of Rockland, Coast Guard personnel stationed in Rockland, and children and teachers in Knox County are eligible for a free card. Nonresident fees are $45 annually for an individual or family card and $25 for a three-month card. Children who live outside of Knox County can obtain a card for $10 annually.

Those who wish to obtain a card should bring a photo ID and proof of current physical address (utility bill, lease agreement, piece of mail delivered by the USPS) to the library when they apply.

The library is offering three new fee-based services: covering of paperback and softcover books, laminating documents (up to 8.5" x 11") and test proctoring (free for cardholders in grades K–12).

Throughout September, current cardholders are invited to trade their old library cards in for a new card, including a keychain card.

For more information, call 594-0310.