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Digital Library Cards

La Grange Park Public Library (pop. 13,579) in Illinois used Google Forms to create an online library registration system for residents who did not previously have a library card to access online collections during the COVID-19 outbreak.

San Jose Public Library (pop. 1,046,079) in California has unveiled a new eLibrary Card for residents who may not have an existing library card to ensure all residents can gain access to online learning, electronic checkouts, streaming services, and downloads.

Through library feedback at our COVID-19 and Digital Access webinar, libraries highlighted several different tools for tracking digital library card access. These include: the Overdrive Instant Digital Card and manually importing users into the integrated library system with requests by phone and email. Several libraries mentioned these eLibrary Cards are more limited term (a few months in length) rather than the full library card term and identification verifications are anticipated to happen after the physical library reopens.