Five Free Things Using Your Library Card

Multnomah County Library (MCL) wants to remind the community that there’s more than books that can be accessed for free, simply by having a library card. Here’s a look at just five of the things that your library card entitles you to.

My Discovery Pass
Through the Discovery Pass program, a partnership between MCL and other local organizations, people can get free entry to cultural attractions. To get started, visit and enter your library card number and password. From there you can browse for available passes by date or venue. Once you find an attraction you’d like to make a reservation for, just print or download the online pass.

Indie Films and Documentaries
Kanopy is a collection of streaming videos with a focus on classic, documentary and independent films available instantly with automatic returns and no late fees. Films are “paid” for with “play credits” and once a film is paid for, users have three full days to watch a film as many times as they want. Every library card holder is eligible to use 10 play credits monthly. Credits reset on the first of the month. Find out more at

Learn a New Language
There are many tools/programs for learning a new language. One of those is Mango, which offers over 40 languages to choose from, including Arabic, Spanish, French, Italian, Swahili and many more. Basic courses offer an introduction to basic conversation and there are also complete courses that provide comprehensive language and grammar skills. For non-English speakers, there are also courses to learn English, presented in 17 languages. Visit to get started.

Homework Support
Even though many students are on summer break, it’s never too early to start thinking about resources that can help with regular courses (like math), having a paper proofread or practicing for the PSAT. offers live, one-on-one chats with tutors, noon-midnight daily, and Khan Academy is a free website that provides tutorials to help students understand any math problem. In addition to links to these sites, has a variety of information and resources on history, science and more.

Become a Citizen
The start of your journey toward US citizenship can start with MCL via their online citizenship classes and other resources. Visit or call 503.577.9984.

Five Free Things Using Your Library Card

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