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Alameda County Library

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Library Accounts: The Basics

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Get a Library Card! 

Everyone who lives in the state of California can get a free Alameda County Library Card.

Getting a Library Card is easy:

  1. Apply online or at any of our locations. 
  2. Bring ID with your name and proof of current address to any of our libraries' Circulation Desks.
    1. If you are under the age of 13 years old, bring your parent or guardian so they they can show their ID and proof of address.
  3. Get your card and start enjoying all that our libraries have to offer!

What identification do I need?

Accepted forms of identification include (but are not limited to):

  • California driver's license
  • California ID
  • School-issued ID
  • Physical or digital utility bill
  • Recent postmarked mail

What can I do with a Library Card?

On top of borrowing up to 100 items from any of our ten libraries, you can also do things like:

  • Stream movies through Access Video and InstantFlix
  • Download ebooks or audiobooks through Overdrive, RB Digital and Cloud Library
  • Check out a laptop from a Tech It Out kiosk
  • Borrow a Tech It Home WiFi hotspot 
  • Check out a Makerspace Kit from San Lorenzo Library
  • Check out a Discover & Explore backpack from the Fremont Main Library
  • Get live homework help through Brainfuse
  • Join a reading club or take a literacy class
  • Get free and low-cost tickets to museums, science centers, and other cultural venues through Discover & Go

Library Card Application Forms

If you would rather fill out a paper form than our online one, please print and complete one of the below forms and bring it to any of our libraries' Circulation Desks:

Get an eCard!

Alameda County residents can sign up for instant access to all of our online resources by applying for an eCard. Apply online to get started!

Please note: If you already have an Alameda County Library Card, then you already have all that an eCard has to offer and more! There is no need to apply twice.

What can I do with an eCard?

With an eCard, you can:

Learn more about how to use your eCard and our eResources with our handy Quick Start guide.

Plus, you can convert your eCard to a Library Card at any time by bringing ID with your name and current address to any of our libraries.

Converting your eCard to a Library Card adds a host of additional features to your account, such as the ability to borrow up to 100 physical items or get free museum passes through Discover & Go