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Last Updated: Dec 18, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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What can I do with my Library Card?

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What can I do with an Alameda County Library Card?

  • Check out Books, Movies, Music, AudioBooks
  • Download eAudiobooks and ebooks
  • Place holds (requests) for an item and have it held for you
  • Manage your library account, see your holds, check-outs, fines and update your profile
  • Pay your fines/fees online
  • Sign up for New Book Alerts, Online Book Clubs and Book News

Why do I need to be authenticated when using some library electronic resources?

  • The Library subscribes to many online resources for the residents of Alameda County. We need data about those databases and their usage.
  • The vendors require authentication.


There are two ways to register for a library card. computer

1. eCard registration:

Fill out the online registration form and submit. A response will return immediately with your eCard number if an email address was submitted. There will also be an email sent with a “New Customer Notification” subject line, confirming your eCard number. eCards are valid for 3 years. Keep the email or print out your new library card number.

Once you have your eCard, you may immediately use any of our remotely-available electronic resources* and place holds (requests) on items. You must replace your e-Card with a full-service card when you come to the library to check-out items. [*Exceptions do apply]

Please note: eCards are available for Alameda County residents only.

If you are having problems with the registration form, please either contact your local branch or submit your problem with Ask Us! our online help system.


How to Get A Card

2. Full-Service, In-Person registration:

These cards are available to anyone living, working or going to school in the state of California.

You may print out a copy of our registration form in advance to bring with you to the library. Registration form in Espanol, Simplified Chinese 简体中文 or Traditional Chinese 繁体中文. (see below)

To receive a card:          .

    • You will need identification with name and current address.
    • Acceptable identification includes: California driver's license or California ID, checkbook with preprinted address, a rental agreement, a property lease or deed, a property tax receipt, or postmarked mail.
    • Children under 14 may receive a card the day of application if the registration form is signed by the parent or legal guardian and includes the parent's driver's license.
    • You may also fill out a library card application online in the library at any of the library's catalog stations. Click on application, fill out and submit.
    • Bring your current identification to the membership/accounts desk at your library.
    • The staff person will check and finalize the application and give you a library card.
    • All information in our files is kept confidential.



Click on the My Account button.
When you enter your name and library card number, you will be able to:

  • View items you have checked out.
  • View items you have on hold.
  • Fines.
  • Choose or change how you want to be notified (phone/email/SMS text*)
    • Holds
    • Almost dues
    • Overdues
  • Renew items.
  • Add or view your preferred searches.

Choose your notification preference by clicking on the Modify Personal Information"", checking your choice and submitting your change. Be sure to type in your full email address if that option is selected. Email notification is recommended for the fastest service.


*Text/SMS -standard data charges may apply)


Lost Cards & Expiration

Library Card Information

  • Your library card is valid for a period of 3 years. When you see the message "your registration has expired", you will need to renew your registration information in person at one of our branches in order to remove this block.

Lost Cards

  • If you lose your card (eCard or full-service) call the library immediately. We will block it from being used. You must call the branch to cancel your eCard before you will be able to re-apply online.

Get Carded!


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