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 to obtain a full-access library card.

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.

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.

How Does the e-Card Application Work?

The customer visits the registration Web page, reads the requirements, and completes the registration form. The registration is verified against a postal database down to the street level (i.e., valid zip code and street address). The information provided will go through a secure script to protect the customer’s personal data. This data is uploaded into the Library’s borrower files in CARL.Solutions Circulation and assigns the customer a Library e-Card number. The customer receives an email with the number as well as a confirmation notice that includes information about the Contra Costa County Library services and how to receive a full-access card.