Seven things you can do with your library card

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 12, 2019

By Amber Covington

Rowan Public Library

  1. Sign up for free online classes with Gale Courses. Visit to enroll in a class today. Classes range from accounting and finance, business, computer applications, healthcare and medical to  language arts, technology, writing, education and much more.
  2. Research your family’s history or local historical events using ProQuest African American Heritage, Ancestry Library Edition, Fold 3 military records, Heritage Quest and Visit to get started. If you need assistance, contact Edith M. Clark History at 704-216-8253.
  3. Learn a new language using Mango Languages available through NC Live. Mango Languages has over 70 courses in world languages. Consider downloading the app to learn on the go. Visit
  4. Take free online practice tests for careers in cosmetology, law enforcement, medical and nursing, military entrance exams, real estate, social work, teachers, ACT, PSAT, SAT, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, Advanced Placement exams, TOEFL, U.S. Citizenship practice tests, and more available through Gale Testing & Education Reference Center. Get started by clicking the link:
  5. Download magazines without paying for individual subscriptions. Online magazine options include Consumer Reports, New York Times, Our State Magazine and Wall Street Journal. Libby, by OverDrive is a free app for mobile devices that can be downloaded anytime. Visit to browse the online collection. Can’t figure out how to get started? Contact our Information Desk at 704-216-8244.
  6. Download ebook or e-audiobooks using Libby from Overdrive. North Carolina Digital Library has a wide range of reading materials geared for ages 12 and up. NC Kids Digital Library provides materials from preschool to upper elementary.
  7. Check out materials from the library including books, DVDs, audiobooks, use computers at the library, or access our wireless using your own device. Rowan Public Library has three branches located in downtown Salisbury, Rockwell and China Grove.


Use your library card today. If you need to get one, visit your nearest branch or create a digital card.