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Get a Library Card

How to Register for a New Library Card

Cards are free and available to California residents.

For the fastest service for all card types, register online. You will receive your new Library card number immediately.

There are three different types of cards with varying benefits: Instant Online Access Card, Limited Access Card and Full Access Card.

Library Card Types and Benefits

Benefits and Requirements Instant Online Access Card Limited Access Card Full Access Card
ID Requirements
  • No requirement
  • No requirement
  • Photo ID AND Proof of Address
Available Immediately yes no
Must visit Library
Must visit Library
Instant Access to All Electronic Items (eBooks, streaming services, databases) yes yes yes
Place Holds on Physical Items yes

Select items

Check Out Physical Items no
Not available
Up to two select items
Up to 100
Request Items through Link+ no no yes
Age Limit
  • 13 and older
  • 13 and older
  • Under 13, both child and guardian must be present to receive a card
  • 13 and older
  • Under 13, both child and guardian must be present to receive a card


Student Virtual Library Cards are issued through a collaboration with local schools.

Photo Identification

Acceptable forms of photo identification include:

  • California Driver's License
  • California Identification Card
  • Employee Identification Card
  • Passport
  • Student Identification Card

Proof of Address

Acceptable forms of address verification include:

  • California Driver's License
  • Current utility, property tax or other bill (may show electronic version of bill)
  • Paystub
  • Piece of mail with postmark within the last 30 days

If you do not have photo identification or verification of your current mailing address, you may request the Library send you a postcard which can serve as proof of address.

Card Renewals

Library cards are good for 15 years, as long as there is circulation activity. After 15 years, the card may be renewed.

Lost Cards

Report lost cards immediately.
Contact us to receive a free replacement card: 408-730-7300

Last Updated: Jun 25, 2021