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How to sign up for a library card from home

How to sign up for a library card from home

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Apply for a Library Card Online

New York residents ages 13 and older can get a digital library card through our online card application and gain access to an array of digital resources. You may also request physical items with your digital account; however you will need to check out your items with a physical card.

Digital Library Cards for Kids

Patrons 12 and under can apply for a digital library card with a parent or guardian through our free e-reader app SimplyE. Note: These accounts cannot be restricted to only children’s materials. Learn more about how to download and get started with SimplyE for iOS and SimplyE for Android.

Apply for a Library Card at an NYPL Location

To borrow physical and digital materials, please visit one of our locations with proof of ID and address to complete the application for a physical card. Apply for a library card at a New York Public Library location near you. Find a location near you.

Renew Your Expired Card

If you currently have an NYPL account and your card has expired, please do not apply for a new card. Duplicate records will be deleted. Learn more about how to renew your card here.

By submitting an application, you understand and agree to our Cardholder Terms and Conditions and agree to our Rules and Regulations. To learn more about The Library’s use of personal information, please read our Privacy Policy.

How to sign up for a library card from home

Library Cards

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How to sign up for a library card from home

How can I apply for a library card?

Library cards are available at all 14 branch libraries and East Central Regional Library’s outreach locations. Any resident of East Central Regional Library’s counties (Aitkin, Chisago**, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine) who meets identification requirements may apply for a library card.

Apply online or in-person by bringing your completed Patron Registration Form and identification with your current address information to any branch or Outreach location.

If you apply online, your application will be processed within one business day and an email will be sent with your barcode number and PIN. Your physical card will be mailed to you via USPS.

A library card account is required to borrow materials and access many services from East Central Regional Library.

The first library card is free; replacement cards cost $1.00.

How can I renew my library card?

Library cards need to be renewed every two years. To renew your card, you will need to confirm your card number and valid contact information (phone number, address, email). You can do this in the following ways:

  • in-person at any branch
  • by phone
  • using the contact form
  • by filling out the online library card request form.*

*If you fill out the online form you will need to provide more information. It is the same system we use to register new users, but will still result in your card being renewed.

Who is eligible for an East Central Regional Library card?

Library cards are available to any resident of East Central Regional Library’s counties: Aitkin, Chisago**, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine.

**Taylors Falls (Chisago County) is not a part of East Central Regional Library. Residents of Taylors Falls are not eligible for a free library card but instead may purchase a non-resident card at any branch for $11.25/quarter or $45/year. Due to licensing agreements, non-resident cards are not eligible for some digital services, most notably digital materials. For more information, please see ECRL’s Borrowing & Access Policy.

If you already have a physical library card or a Student Success Card, you do not need an e­-card. Can’t remember your library card number? Contact us to recover your account.

If you live in Los Angeles County and need a library card, you can get immediate access to our collections without first having to visit a Los Angeles Public Library location through an e-card.

The e-card gives you immediate and free access to these resources:

  • E-Media : download or stream e-books, audiobooks, movies, documentary films, music, podcasts, newspapers, and magazines.
  • Research & Homework: access newspaper archives, genealogy tools, professional magazines, and scholarly journals.
  • Online Learning: enroll in an online course, learn a new language, take a practice tests, or access Lynda.com.
  • Physical Collections: Place holds on books, audiobooks on CD, DVDs, etc. and pick them up at your local library.

Complete the online application below, and you will instantly receive your e-­card number by e­mail. Questions? Read the FAQs.

E-Card Application

Please fill out the e-card application completely. The information submitted is only for library use.

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HCPL offers a variety of library cards. The Knowledge Card and Kids Know It Card are full-service cards. The iKnow Card offers instant access to nearly all of the library’s online resources. We also offer library cards for active duty military personnel and TexShare Cards for use at partner libraries across Texas.

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Visit any Harris County Public Library Branch to receive a full-service card. All you need is proof of address and a completed library card application form.

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NOTE: During the Covid19-related building closures, HCPL’s iKnow Digital Access Card can be used to place holds and check out up to 10 books and DVDs for curbside pick-up. This applies to new and existing iKnow Cards. Learn more about No Contact Curbside Pick-Up

The HCPL iKnow Digital Access Card allows instant access to:

  • Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks through OverDrive and OneClickDigital
  • Streaming video through Kanopy and OverDrive
  • Popular magazines through Flipster for business, genealogy, language learning and more

NOTE: If you have an HCPL full-service library card, you do not need to get an additional digital access card. Your full-service card grants you access to these same services.

iKnow Digital Access Cards are valid for three years and are restricted to residents of Harris County.

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If you are active duty military personnel, you can access downloadable media and our databases. If you do not already have a library card but are still in the Harris County area, you can get a library card by visiting one of our branches. For active duty military personnel, a military ID may be used for the purpose of obtaining a library card even though military IDs do not show a mailing address. APO addresses supplied by the applicant are acceptable on library accounts for military personnel. Library cards are free for everyone. If you are not currently in the Harris County area, you can get a library card online using our Military Library Card Application.

Harris County Public Library participates in the TexShare Library Card Program sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The TexShare Card Program provides free reciprocal borrowing privileges to registered borrowers of member libraries, academic and public.

The TexShare card allows HCPL cardholders to borrow materials from other participating libraries in the State of Texas. Only currently registered HCPL customers in good standing (no overdue or lost books, and no library fines) may get a TexShare card from Harris County.

TexShare Cardholders visiting from another library system will be asked to provide proof of mailing address, issued HCPL library cards, and allowed full HCPL borrowing privileges with the exception of Interlibrary Loan.

Only HCPL customers registered for 90 days in good standing (no overdue or lost books, and no library fines) may get a TexShare card from Harris County.

How to sign up for a library card from home

If you want to borrow books and other materials from your local library, you will need a library card. If you come prepared with the right materials, applying should be easy and quick, and you can usually get started as a borrower right away. Since most libraries have interlibrary loan agreements, getting a library card at one branch will allow you to borrow materials from other branches, all, typically, for free.

Most libraries require that you provide two items: proof of identity, and proof of residence. As a general rule, you must be a resident of the region in which a library is located to get a library card. There are some exceptions; some major libraries may let you get a library card if you live in the library’s state or province, and others may let borrowers purchase library cards while they’re visiting. In most cases, you can access public library materials without a library card, you just can’t take them out of the library.

A driver’s license, military ID card, or passport are the most common types of proof of your identity. Some libraries may have more flexible rules on what they will accept, while others necessarily require a government-issued photo ID. For the proof of residence requirement, a formal piece of mail which has been sent to you, like a utilities bill, is generally required. A copy of a lease agreement may also suffice. If your proof of identification includes an old address, you should tell the libraria.

You will also likely need to fill out a brief form for the library with your name and contact information. The form may be accompanied with a brochure about borrowing privileges so that you know what kind of media you can check out and for how long. Hang on to this brochure, as it may come in useful for you later. Once your library card is issued, you need to sign it, if required, and then you’ll be ready to start checking out materials and viewing special collections.

If you lose your library card or it is damaged, the library may impose a replacement fee. You will also have to pay fees and fines for media which is returned late or damaged. Which actions result in late fees and other penalties such as a loss of borrowing privileges may be provided by the librarian. Review these so that you know how to avoid them.

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How to sign up for a library card from home

A library card is a card provided by a library so that library patrons can borrow a variety of materials. Holders of a library card can check out items such as books, CDs, videos, DVDs, audio books, artwork, and more. A library card is often required if a person wants to take advantage of other library services as well. Public libraries issue library cards free of charge to people who live in the library’s city but require patrons to pay for replacement cards.

In order to obtain a card from the public library, a potential library user needs to formally apply for a library card. The library requires an applicant to provide proof of identity and address so that important information is verified for their purposes. Proof of identity is usually a driver’s license or some other photo ID.

Today’s cards issued by the public library usually look a lot like a credit card. Each card has a barcode number linked to individual patrons. When the computer reads the barcode information, it accesses a specific library patron’s information. A library clerk can scan the barcode to check books out to patrons, renew books for a patron, and review a patron’s account.

Library cards are useful to have because they allow people to borrow materials from the library at no charge. If a person is a card holder, she can check out the latest bestselling books. Books can be quite costly if purchased in the local bookstore, but libraries allow bibliophiles to read their favorite books at no charge.

Music lovers can check out CDs from many genres. Available music styles include classical, jazz, rock, oldies, alternative, R&B, hip-hop, and more. This is ideal for those who want to listen to different types of music without spending large amounts of money to do so.

Movie buffs should also consider obtaining library cards because the library is a haven for movies of all types. Whether a person enjoys black-and white films from the Golden Age of Hollywood or blockbuster movies, the library offers a variety of DVDs and videos to fit most people’s tastes.

Those who regularly make long commutes to work or travel cross-country by car would also do well to obtain library cards. The public library usually has a selection of audio books for children, teens, and adults. Audio books are ideal for those who are trapped in the car for long periods of time. Audio books are also useful for those who like to listen to something interesting while at work, or those doing housework.

Some libraries allow library card holders to borrow artwork and take it home for a few weeks. People who love to redecorate their homes may enjoy borrowing paintings from the library because it allows them to constantly change the look of their homes. Art lovers save money by borrowing art instead of purchasing it.

When a patron checks out items with her library card, she can keep items for several weeks. When the items are due, she must return or renew the materials. If the items are not returned on time, the library charges a small fine for each item. The fine increases each day the overdue items remain checked out.

Another library service provided to those with library cards includes computer and public Internet access. People who hold a library card are permitted to use the library’s computers in order to use a variety of software, games, and Internet access. If a library patron has no computer at home or does not have Internet at home, using the library’s computers is a logical choice. Many libraries require that a person has a card before allowing her to use their computer lab.

A library card is issued by the public library in order to grant people the privilege of checking out a variety of materials. Whether a person enjoys books, magazines, music, movies, or artwork, she should consider applying for a card in order to take advantage of all the services the library has to offer. When people acquire library cards, they receive entertainment and information for free.

All valid Great Neck Library cards have a 3-year expiration date sticker. If your card does not have one, or it has expired, you need to re-register. Registration and renewals takes place in person at any Great Neck Library location or our online form below.

In addition, these applications are not automated. We expect there may be high demand for these cards, so please be patient as we do the best we can to get your physical card to you quickly. Staff will create your library card as soon as possible and mail it to the street address provided in your application.

Patrons who are unable to leave their home due to a permanent or temporary illness or disability may qualify for a Homebound Library Card. Print and fill out the form here to return or mail to the Main Library. For more information, please call (516) 466-8055, ext 204.

Library Cards

Anyone who resides in the Great Neck School District is entitled to a Great Neck Library card. Non-residents who work in Great Neck, or those Nassau County residents with a valid card from another Nassau County library are entitled to borrowing privileges at Great Neck.

An annual card may be purchased by non-Nassau County residents. Proper ID is required for all categories of cards. The annual fee is based on the average library tax paid by residents, and is currently $405. Please call (516) 466-8055, ext. 203 for more details. Do not fill out this online form as you will need to pay for the fee in-person at our locations.

Library card registration forms are also available in the following languages: Chinese, English, Farsi (Persian), and Spanish! Please ask upon registering at the Circulation Desk.

Library Card Registration

You may register for a library card by presenting 1 form of current ID (dated within 3 months) that has your name and home address. Library cards will be mailed to the address on the application. Such ID may include:

  1. Current driver’s license
  2. Current non-driver’s license ID (with picture) issued by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
  3. Armed Forces separation papers
  4. Pilot’s license
  5. Automobile registration
  6. Current bank statement
  7. Current dated credit card bill/statement
  8. Deed/Lease
  9. Medicaid card
  10. Mortgage Statement
  11. Official United States Post Office address change
  12. Official United States or New York State Government Document (immigration, IRS, Board of Elections, jury notification)
  13. Current pay check/stub with address
  14. Tax bill
  15. Current dated utility bill: LIPA, Water, Cable, Telephone
  16. Insurance policy
  17. Local park card from village in Great Neck School District
  18. Employee ID with photograph and date

Student applicants may show ID such as bus pass, current college transcript, or current report card. If the student is attending a public school in Great Neck, the applicant’s name may be on the Great Neck Public School’s list of registered students.

Library Card Re-registration Information

All valid Great Neck Library cards have a 3-year expiration date sticker. If your card does not have one, or it has expired, you need to re-register. Registration takes place in person at any Great Neck Library location or you can fill out the online form below.

To register, simply present your Library Card and 1 form of Valid ID, which shows your name and Great Neck School District address.

Loan Periods and Renewals

New books, periodicals and pamphlets circulate for 14 days, while older books circulate for 28 days.

New audiobooks (cassettes and CD’s) circulate for 14 days while older audiobooks (cassettes and CD’s) circulate for 28 days.

All music CD’s circulate for 14 days.

New feature film and entertainment DVD items with 1 disc circulate for 3 days. New feature film and entertainment dvd item with 2 or more discs circulate for 7 days. New non-fiction/instructional video/DVD items circulate for 7 days regardless of the number of discs in a case. All older video/DVD items including feature film, entertainment as well as non-fiction/instructional items, circulate for 14 days.

Items may be renewed a maximum of 6 times if there are no holds on the items.

There will be a limit of 100 items checked out per patron.

Reserves and Interlibrary Loan

We accept reserves on all circulating material. If an item is not on the shelf, we will reserve it for you. If we do not own the requested item, we will attempt to obtain it through interlibrary loan except for newly released audio-visual material. For information on reserving or interloaning print material, please call (516) 466-8055, ext. 223. Information on reserving audio-visual material may be obtained at (516) 466-8055, ext. 221.

There will be a limit of 50 reserves, including both Great Neck and non-Great Neck material, per card.

There will be a limit of 15 current LI-LINK and/or OCLC checkouts and/or requests per card.

Patron’s ability to check out any material will be blocked when an account reaches $10.00 in fines and/or bills.

Homebound Service

Patrons who are unable to leave their home due to a permanent or temporary illness or disability may qualify for our Homebound Service. For more information, please call (516) 466-8055, ext 204.

Talking Books and Braille Service for Nassau Residents

Nassau residents that have difficulty reading standard print materials are eligible for free talking books and braille books through the New York Public Library’s Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library. Learn more about the program here.

How to sign up for a library card from home

Access Ancestry.com at home with your library card

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Normally, Ancestry.com is only available for in-library use only; however, access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. This will be available until December 31, 2021.

After clicking here to get started , users will be redirected to the below page:

How to sign up for a library card from home

Users will need to type in their library card number and pin number. If you don’t have a PIN (or forgot it), get a new PIN number through the online catalog by clicking Log In or Register. Then click, I Forgot or want to change my PIN.

The library edition of Ancestry has full access. The only thing users won’t be able to do is edit Public Member Trees. (Users can still take a look at trees, but not able to add information!)

If you need help getting started with this great resource, there are great tools on Ancestry’s website.

Genealogical research can be overwhelming, but a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Start your search at home. Any exact date of births on birth certificates may help you get started!
  • Keep track of what you searched for… and keep track of your successful searches!
  • Try multiple spellings of names (both first and last).
  • Search by women’s maiden AND married names. They could be listed in different ways depending of the record.
  • Borders of countries have changed over time, so don’t just search by specific countries!
  • Military records, specifically enlistment records, are fascinating (maybe it’s just a personal favorite), but they can contain physical descriptions of individuals, beneficiaries and more!
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Many libraries around United States and the world are making the difficult decision to close physical branches because of COVID-19. However, that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped connecting with their community. Existing library card holders are turning to library ebook and audiobook collections — supplemented by new low cost/no cost options — through apps like Libby.

In addition, library systems are using OverDrive’s Instant Digital Card feature to provide access to new readers. More than 70 library systems have turned on this feature, enabling people in their service area to sign up for a digital library card in Libby using only their cell phone number. Currently, more than 35 million people have access to an instant digital card for their library. Your community could be next.

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As families continue to spend time at home, it’s important to find ways to entertain both yourselves and children. The public library’s ability to offer thousands of digital books provides endless opportunities for readers of all ages. Whether it’s the latest thriller for mom, a classic fantasy novel for dad, or a Read-Along title for the youngest child, libraries have ebooks and audiobooks perfect for the whole family. Instant Digital Card feature assures readers can get them without leaving their house.

More books for your patrons

Combining Instant Digital Card with the no cost and low cost content currently available in OverDrive Marketplace is a great way to stay connected with your community. We’re continuing to work with publishers to make as much content available for your patrons as possible, so be sure to follow OverDrive on Twitter , Facebook and our Blog for the latest updates.