Online Library Card Registration and e-Card Services

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The Contra Costa County Library rolled out its e-Card service on July 1, 2006. The e-Card is an electronically produced and distributed library card that offers significant, but limited access to the Library's resources. Valid for 3 years, the e-Card gives customers immediate access to the Library's electronic resources, allows holds to be placed using the online catalog from outside the library, and preregisters people before visiting the library.

Contra Costa County residents, who do not already have a library card, register online by filling out the e-Card application. The eCard application offers the option of signing up for the library newsletter and requesting Friends of the Library information.

The e-Card is not available to check out materials, use the Books by Mail service, and/or reserve, access, or print from the Library’s Internet workstations. A full-access library card is needed for these services.

The eCard application connects to files and processes to register the eCard customer with the Library's CARL.Solutions Circulation system with a borrower type of “e-CARD.” This status remains in place until a customer requests a full-access library card and presents address verification and positive identification, as is the current procedure for the issuance of library cards.