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Library Cards

Library Cards & Your Account

Library cards are available for free to permanent and temporary residents of California. With an LA County Library card, you can:

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Library Cards for Children and Teens

There is no minimum age requirement to apply for a library card. Children under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign their library card application. On the application, parents/guardians have the opportunity to restrict their child from checking out DVDs. For a child to access the Internet, parents/guardians must be present in the library and fill out an Internet Access Permission form. All fines/fees are the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

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How to Get a PIN

A PIN allows you to place holds and access your account online, use the Library’s public computers and access Wi-Fi. You are given a PIN when you first apply for a library card. If you have a library card but do not have a PIN or have forgotten it, you can request a PIN online or by calling any LA County Library location.

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How to Access Your Account

You can access your library account by logging into the online catalog and clicking “My Account.” From here, you can:

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Renew items, check due dates, view fines/fees

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Check status of holds, cancel holds, change pickup location

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Place a vacation hold by entering the dates you will be gone and we will delay your hold until you return

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Update your address and phone number

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Change your PIN

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Update your email

How to Get a Library Card

To get a library card, fill out an application and bring it to any LA County Library location along with a valid ID. Library cards are valid for three years and can be renewed by calling or visiting a library. If your library card is lost or stolen, report it immediately. Replacement cards cost $3.00.

Borrowing Materials

Visit our Borrowing Materials page for information about borrowing materials, placing holds, interlibrary loans, and fines & fees.

The Great Readaway

Fine Reduction for 21 years and under

LA County Library cardholders age 21 and under can get rid of library fines by reading them away! For every hour spent reading in the library, $5 in fines will be removed from your account. Visit The Great Read Away for more information about this unique program.

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Computer Cards

Customers who are ineligible for library cards (for example, people traveling from out of state), can apply for a computer card that allows them access to the Library’s public computers and Wi-Fi. Computer cards are valid for one month.

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