Does anyone even have a library card anymore? I shudder to think that most of us haven't entered a public library since elementary school, but that's besides the point. 

As of recently, having a library card doesn't just give you access to thousands of books, newspapers, and periodicals. 

In fact, if you hold a NYPL or Brooklyn Public Library card, you can stream movies online from the library site. 

This differs from the original movie viewing experience you could normally get from a library, by renting out video tapes. Yes, video TAPES. Like a VCR. Ring a bell?

Instead, you can log onto the library's website and log in your card info to connect with the online portal, giving you access to over 30,000 films! 

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So how does this work exactly? First you need a library card to either NY library mentioned above. 

Once you log into the portal with your library card number and PIN, you will be able to watch 10 movies per month with a NYPL card, and 6 per month with a BPL card.

Once you start a movie, you will have 3 days to finish it. And as an added plus, you will be able to watch foreign films with captions, transcripts, and the like.

Watching some of your favorite movies for free has never been cooler. And maybe this will encourage you get you into a public library more often! Hard copies of books are just as cool as online-streamed movies, ya know! 

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We hope you guys take advantage of this awesome new opportunity! If you don't have a card yet, you can get your NYPL card here, and your BPL card here

P.S. You can also access the Criterion Collection of movies, which features "important classics and contemporary films." LOVE IT. 

[via Gothamist] [Feature Image Courtesy Gothamist]