START HERE WITH YOUR LIBRARY CARD
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. Visit any Memphis Public Library with your documentation requirements to check out physical items. (Customers age 13 and up are invited to apply online.)
- Visit our Start Here page for more details on obtaining a Library Card.
books and more
Visit our Books & More page to get tips on searching the catalog and getting your hands on popular items faster. Find resources to help you find your next book such as reading lists and staff reviews. And find out about all the events we have year round for book lovers.
business and entrepreneurship
Browse our Business including popular services such as JobLINC, ReferenceUSA, Lynda.com, Gale Entrepreneur and more.
Find information on ACT/SAT test preparation, scholarships, virtual tours of campuses, and more.
community information and 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.
computers and technology
Find information on computer classes, online learning, computers at the library, technology eBooks and eMagazines, and more.
cooking & food
Access food related eBooks, eMagazines, and more. Find your next recipe, get inspired, or pick up some new healthy habits.
Find information on our Seed Library, Books, eBooks, eMagazines, online reference and databases, and more.
health & wellness
Find eBooks, eMagazines, online reference and databases, and the home of our Virtual Health Information Center with links to reliable health information.
history, genealogy, social sciences
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.
job and career Services
Browse our Job and Career services including popular services such as JobLINC, ReferenceUSA, LinkedIn Learning and more. Find resources to help you improve your skills or find a job.
Access online language courses, eBooks, and more.
law and government
Access city codes, court decisions, legal assistance, government publications on various topics, our Informed Voter section aimed at voter education, and our Immigration/Citizenship page.
memphis music at the library
We have Memphis Music on the radio, streaming online, and available for checkout from our catalog. Plus many events throughout the year. Find out more.
nonprofit resource center
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.
Here you’ll find eBooks, magazines, video tutorials, and the online home of our Personal Finance Center.
The school connection
A collection of resources for educators with links to specific resources aimed at various grade levels.
Resources for students broken down by Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and College Prep.
A collection of library services that our seniors love, including links to Libby, Book Clubs, Local History, LINC/2-1-1, and Volunteering.
Planning for a vacation? Access travel books, eBooks, eMagazines, and more.