The first thing that I always do when we land in our new "from here now" is obtain a library card. Most libraries provide a short-term card for non-residents, and so, until we have our permanent address here, I signed up for a non-resident card that I will renew as a resident card once we sign our lease!
Here in Honolulu, the library system charges $25 for a five-year non-resident card and $10 for a three-month non-resident card. For residents, like in all places, the library is free to use for residents.
Upon obtaining my three-month non-resident card, I checked out five books for myself, and I let the bodybuddy/lifemate check out two books on my account :)