ROCKLAND — September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when the Rockland Public Library joins the American Library Association and libraries nationwide to encourage everyone to sign up for the most important card of all — a library card — at their local public library.

Rockland Public Library is an information resource and place to connect with others. The library provides access to an extensive collection within its walls and to an expanded collection via the shared systems, Minerva and MaineCat; in addition to books and DVDs, the library lends a thermal imaging camera, electricity usage monitor, fitness kits, telescope, binoculars, ukuleles, drums and some other unexpected items.

It offers access to downloadable audio- and eBooks, offers computers for access to, and assistance with, the internet and 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.

The open hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The used bookstore, The Book Stop, run by Friends of Rockland Public Library, is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For those who do not wish to enter the building, staff continue curbside service Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

People who live in or own property in the city of Rockland are eligible for a “free” card, as Rockland property taxes support the operation of the library, and other city services. Coast Guard Personnel stationed in Rockland are eligible for a free card, with Coast Guard ID and children as well as teachers in Knox County (through 12th grade) are also eligible for a free card.

The fee for any other child is $10 annually. Nonresident fees are $45 for an annual individual or family card and $25 for a 3-month card. To obtain a card, bring a photo ID and proof of current physical address (utility bill, lease agreement, piece of mail delivered by the USPS).

Rockland Library is a City department; two support groups — the Rockland Public Library Endowment Association and Friends of Rockland Public Library — also continue to provide support of time, energy and funds.

The library announced three new fee-based services: book covering (of paperback and softcover books), laminating documents of up to 8.5 by 11, and test proctoring (free for cardholders in k-12; fee-based for others).

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

The library is located at 80 Union St., Rockland. For more information, call 594-0310.