Apply online to receive a Library Card Number that you can use immediately to access our eCollection and public computers. This card number is good for 2 years. (Customers age 13 and up are invited to apply online.)
Visit our Start Here page for more details on obtaining a Library Card.
community information & referral
If you are looking for help, or want to provide someone with help, just dial 2-1-1 to reach the community information and referral resources of LINC, the Library Information Center at the Memphis Public Libraries. LINC, in conjunction with United Way of the Mid-South, is the local source for community resources. Click HERE for more information and to access their community database.
computers & technology
Find information on computer classes, online learning, computers at the library, technology eBooks and eMagazines, and more. Click HERE for more information.
Find information on local history such as the Memphis/Shelby County Room, historical maps and photographs as well as our digital archives, Dig Memphis. Access genealogical resources and other resources for U.S./World History and Social Sciences. Click HERE for more information.
Access online language courses, eBooks, and more. Click HERE for more information.
Find information on the Nonprofit Resource Center, a special collection located in the Business/Sciences Department (3rd floor, Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library). For over 40 years, we’ve supported the Memphis community as a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center by Candid. As an Access member of this international network, Memphis Public Libraries provides free access to the best and most comprehensive information available on foundation and corporate giving. Click HERE for more information.
A collection of resources for educators with links to specific resources aimed at various grade levels. Click HERE for more information.
Resources for students broken down by Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and College Prep. Click HERE for more information.