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How do I get a library card?


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All California residents can get a library card. If you live outside of Contra Costa County, please apply in person for a full-access card at any Community Library.

If you're a Contra Costa County resident apply online now (en Español) for an e-card. The e-card will allow you to request materials and use the Library's research databases. View the  online services available with the e-Card. 

Then visit any Community Library to exchange the e-Card for a full-access library card and use all the library's services including:

The applicant, parent, or legal guardian must provide picture identification and address verification as listed below:

  • Current California Driver's License or California ID card (Temporary driver's license is not acceptable)

OR, any combination of two from this list, including the following:

  • Any government issued picture ID (military ID, green card, etc.)
  • Student ID card
  • Recent student report card
  • A credible ID issued by a reputable business or organization
  • Imprinted bank check (personal check or payroll check made payable to customer)
  • A piece of first class mail postmarked within the past 30 days
  • Voter registration card
  • Utility bill (print or digital)
  • Automobile registration
  • A letter from a Social Service Provider stating that the individual receives mail at the provider's address

If no verification for a permanent address can be shown, an Address Verification Postcard can be sent to the applicant's residence.

Those under 13 years of age must sign the library application (first name only is acceptable), and must have the signature of a parent or legal guardian.  Before signing the parent or legal guardian should read the letter on the reverse side of the application form.

Applicant must be present to be issued a full-access library card.

Library cards expire every 3 years; e-cards are valid for 1 year.

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