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Alameda County Library

The Nov 12 Press Release from AC HCSA announced a pause to the reopening of additional activities and mentioned that Alameda County may move back to a more restrictive tier. As of today, we are determining what this means for our Library reopening plan. Read more

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Library Accounts: The Basics

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Get a Library Card by Mail! 

For a limited time, anyone who lives in the state of California can get a free Alameda County Library Card by mail.

Getting a Library Card is easy:

  1. Apply for an eCard online.
    1. If you are under the age of 13 years old, your parent or guardian will have to help you complete the form.
  2. Tell us where to send your Library Card. We’ll mail your Library Card within one week.
  3. Verify your new account online or by phone.
  4. Start enjoying all that AC Library has to offer! 

Please note: Non-Alameda County residents’ eCard accounts will be deleted after 30 days.


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
  • Get live homework help through Brainfuse
  • 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, then mail it to any of our locations:

Not interested in borrowing physical items? Get an eCard!

Are you an Alameda County resident that is only interested in using our online resources? Our eCard is a more limited, digital-only account that will still allow you to use most of our eLibrary (see here for exceptions).

Apply online and get instant access.

Please note: If you do not live within Alameda County, follow the instructions above to apply for a Library Card. Non-Alameda County residents’ eCard accounts will be deleted after 30 days.

Want to upgrade your Welcome Card to a Library Card?

For a limited time, we’re offering Welcome Card upgrades by mail.

Upgrading your Welcome Card is easy:

  1. Request a Welcome Card upgrade code.
  2. Receive your new upgrade code in the mail within a week.
  3. Verify your new account online or by phone.
  4. Start enjoying your expanded eResource access and borrowing privileges!