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e-Card FAQ


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 resources.

Who needs an e-card?
The e-card is ideal for people who want immediate use of our electronic resources, without first visiting a library location to obtain a full-access card.

I don't live in the city of Los Angeles, may I still apply for an e-card?
At this time, the e-card is only available to city residents. 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 library's e-card application and you will immediately receive your e-card number by e-mail. You will then be ready to use our electronic resources.

Will the e-card expire?
The e­-card will be valid for 3 years. 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.

e-card and full service library card comparison chart

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