Transportation to and from the library remains a concern for many individuals who may not have the necessary time or money. Some libraries, however, are increasing access by allowing online registration for cards. And often these services are available not only to individuals who live or pay taxes to the city in which the library is located, but also to individuals who live (or sometimes work) anywhere in the library’s state. Below is a list of a few libraries that offer such services. If you know of more, tell us in the comments!
Residents of Los Angeles can apply online for an eCard that is good for checking out online materials. Full access to the library requires a physical card, however.
This library only offers a temporary card (30 days) to residents who apply online. However, you can access the online resources for that time period and then get a permanent card when you are able to walk into your local library.
Currently, if you live or own property in Maryland you are eligible for a free card. Online registration will only give you a fourteen-day trial, however. Then you must show up in person to activate your full registration. Out-of-state residents can apply by mail for a card at $50.00 per year.
Individuals who reside in, attend school in, or work in Massachusetts can apply online for an eCard that gives access to the library’s online books, magazines, and databases. Full access to the library requires a physical card, however.
If you live, work, attend school, or pay property taxes in the state of New York, you are eligible for a free library card. Individuals 13 and older can apply online and have the card mailed to them. Children 12 years and under, however, must show up at the library in person along with a parent or guardian. If you live outside the state, you can get a card for $50.00.
Currently, anyone who lives, works, or attends school in Philadelphia can receive a library card. Even better, anyone who lives in PA is also eligible for a free card. You can apply online and receive your card in the mail, giving you access to e-books, audiobooks, film streaming services, and all the other databases. If you live outside PA, you can still get a card without leaving your home, but it will cost you $50.00 a year.
Cards are free to residents of Texas and you can register online. You can then borrow ebooks and use the library’s other online resources at your convenience. Those who reside outside Texas can apply for a card at a rate of $40.00 per year.