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Last Updated: Apr 11, 2018     Views: 31896

Library cards are free!

You can get a library card online (eCard).

Or, you can just stop by the check-out desk at any Sonoma County Library location and show identification with your current address and get a card. There is no charge for a library card or for borrowing library materials.

What is a Sonoma County Library eCard?

Sonoma County Library invites customers to self-register online for a library eCard anywhere they have Internet Access. These eCards expire after 120 days and can be used to immediately place items on hold, stream movies and music, download eBooks and eAudiobooks, as well as access digital content that Sonoma County Library has to offer.  Get an eCard Now!

If eCard borrowers wish to checkout physical library resources, they need to convert their eCard to a General Library Card Account. eCard borrowers simply take their eCard number, photo ID, acceptable proof of address, and for minors, a parent signature (consent) to any branch to convert their eCard account into a General Account.

Save time getting your card at the library! 
Fill out and print this library card application ahead of time, and bring it with you to the library.
(Also available in Spanish)

Parents must sign the library card applications for children 17 and under.

You must have your card in order to:

If your library card is lost or stolen, call the library immediately.

For more detail, please see the Regulations for Library Cards & Accounts in our Circulation Policy

To get a temporary library card good for three months, you need an ID.  To get a regular library card, you need an ID and a proof of address.

The following are acceptable forms of ID: 

  •  Current Driver's License 
  •  California DMV ID 
  •  Passport 
  •  Student Body Card 
  •  Credit Card with photo 
  •  Check Cashing Card with photo 
  •  Birth Certificate 
  •  Work Permit 
  •  Medical Insurance Card 
  •  Military ID 
  •  Employee ID Card 
  •  Consular ID Card 
  •  Green Card (INS) 
  •  Identification issued by Law Enforcement Agency 

The following are acceptable for address verification: 

  •  Current Driver's License 
  •  California DMV ID 
  •  Printed Checks 
  •  Car Registration 
  •  Legal Papers 
  •  Current Mail (no older than 1 month)