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E-Card: Frequently Asked Questions

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What is an e-card?

The e­-card is an electronically produced and distributed library card. With an e-­card you can access e-Media, Research & Homework, and Online Learning.

Who needs an e-card?

The e-card is for anyone who wishes to access the library’s resources but who does not already have a physical library card. If you already have a physical library card or a Student Success Card but can't remember your library card number, contact us to recover your account.

I don't live in Los Angeles, may I still apply for an e-card?

Anyone may apply for a full-access library card by visiting one of our library locations with identification and proof of address.

How do I get an e-card?

Complete the e-card application and you will immediately receive your e-card number by email. You will then be ready to use our resources.

Will the e-card expire?

E-cards are not renewable. When your e-card expires you can either apply for a full-access card at a Los Angeles Public Library location or re­-apply for a new e­-card.

What if I lose my e-card, forget my number, etc.?

If your e­-card has been lost or forgotten, please report it to your local library location as soon as possible. After reporting the loss to the library, you can re-apply for an e-card.

What is the difference between a full-access library card and an e-card?

An e-card gives you access to our digital collection only. A full­-access library card is the physical card offered to all patrons who visit the library with identification and proof of address. This card can be used to access both our digital and physical collections and allows you to check out printed books, periodicals, technology items, CDs and DVDs. In addition, a full-access library card allows you to reserve and use public computers at library locations.