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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.


  • Please note: eCards are available for Alameda County residents only.
  • 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 five 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]
  • eCards may not be used for Discover & Go.

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.

Lost Libary 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.
  • Your library card is valid for a period of 5 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.
  • A countdown message in your account will begin 30 days prior to the card expiration as a reminder to update your card.