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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 to begin using Library online services today.

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

Discover & Go (only for Contra Costa County residents)
OverDrive, Safari Technical, and enki eBooks
borrow materials
library computers / computer reservations

Documents required to get a library card are:

  • Valid Driver's License with current address OR
  • Valid California ID Card with current address

OR, two other pieces of identification, one of which must have current address:

  • An ID with name plus a proof of current address
  • Printed bank check
  • A piece of first class mail postmarked within 30 days
  • Voter registration card
  • Utility bill
  • Car registration
  • A letter from a Social Service Provider stating that the individual receives mail at the provider's address, plus name verification, plus one other name identification.

Those under 13 years of age must sign the library application acknowledgment (first name only accepted), and need the signature of a parent or legal guardian.  

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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