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Free Library Card

Card Application Options

Full-Membership Library Card

  • Apply in-person at the library.
  • Complete the Online Application or fill out the Library Card Application paper form.  (Note: When accessed from a library computer, residents of the United States can use the Online Application.  When accessed from a computer outside the library, residents of the Santa Clara County Library District can use the Online Application.)
  • If you choose the paper form, please bring your completed Library Card Application form to the Accounts Desk at any of the Community Libraries in the Santa Clara County Library District or the Bookmobile.  If you used the Online Application, please go to the Accounts Desk to complete the process.
  • You must provide your date of birth and present a valid form of identification showing your picture, name, and proof of your current address (proof of a U.S. mailing address) to complete your registration (see: Acceptable Forms of Proof of Address and Acceptable Forms of Photo ID).
  • See below for more information about card types.

Library eCard

  • Apply for a Library eCard from home.  Library District residents gain an eCard instantly.
  • Fill out the online eCard Application now, if you are not inside a library.  If you are inside a library, please instead fill out the Full-Membership Card application, discussed in the above section.
  • Optionally, convert your Library eCard to a Full-Membership Library Card at the Accounts Desk, during a visit to the library.
  • An eCard gives you instant, full, free access to the Library's Online Library services, including eBooks, streaming movies, and more.
  • See below for more information about card types.

Card Types

Full-Membership Library Card: Full Access

A Library Card is free and lets you borrow books, movies, music, magazines and more from Santa Clara County Library District libraries. The card also provides you with free access to the Online Library, available 24/7 through the library’s website, which includes eBooks, audiobooks, downloadable movies, music, magazines, newspapers, international content, online learning, research and more.  Cards are available to all ages.

  • Borrow up to 100 items at a time
    • Borrow up to 10 console games at a time
    • Borrow up to 30 DVDs/Blu-rays at a time
  • Request up to 12 items at a time
  • Access computer services & online resources

Library eCard

The Library eCard gives you access to our entire Online Library, available 24/7, including eBooks, audiobooks, downloadable movies, music, magazines, newspapers, international content, online learning, research and more. Completing the eCard application form now will provide you with free, instant access to a vast digital collection.  eCards are available to all ages.

Library eCards are available to those residing in the Santa Clara County Library District, which is the Library's Service Area.  If you do not reside in the District but do have a United States mailing address, a Full-Membership Library Card can be provided to you, free, during your next library visit.

Comparison Chart: Full Card vs. eCard

Limited Access Library Card

  • Borrow up to 3 items at a time
  • Request up to 2 items at a time
  • Access computer services & online resources

Database Use Only Library Card

Available to teachers, school librarians, and administrators at schools located in Santa Clara County for the purpose of demonstrating Library databases to students. Cards are valid for 1 year and only allow use of Library databases. Some databases are available only from within one of our libraries. To apply for a card, please contact a supervising librarian or circulation supervisor at one of our libraries.

Student eAccount

Student eAccounts are issued in collaboration with local schools.

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