Newborn babies in Devon will be given a library membership card when their parents register their birth.
The timeless membership card will be activated once the family visits a library in the county.
Devon County Council (DCC) said it introduced the scheme to help children develop language and listening skills.
Head of DCC Library service, Ciara Eastell said: "Research has consistently supported the advantages of early book sharing."
She said: "It helps them develop concentration and stimulates their imagination as well as extending their language and listening skills."
More than 6,300 new babies are registered in Devon each year.