Your free PINES library card is the key to discovering, learning and building new skills through your public library. Nearly two million Georgians have PINES cards, giving access to a shared collection of around 11 million books and materials from over 300 libraries that can be delivered to your home library with no charge.
We are celebrating the impact of PINES over 20 years and into the future, and we are kicking things off with a library card design contest. Here's how to get involved.
How to enter the contest
Your library card design should reflect your love for PINES and how its resources have helped you in your life. For example, have you used your PINES library card to start a business, earn a degree, learn a language, find a favorite author, or help your child discover a love for reading?
The contest winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card and bragging rights on social media.All ages are welcome to submit a design.
The winning design also will be used on the special 20thanniversary PINES library card across Georgia.
To submit your entry or for contest rules, visit thecontest page onlineor your local PINES public library.
What’s the big deal about PINES?
PINES has saved Georgia’s public libraries $12 million in one-time costs and more than $79 million in ongoing costs. These savings have allowed libraries to use limited funds on other needed resources and services for patrons.
PINES also provides automation, training and courier services to libraries for a fraction of the $24 million that would be required to pay for the same services on a system-by-system basis. With an annual budget of $1.1 million, the PINES program costs less than 58 cents for each cardholder.
Learn more about PINES here.