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Online Library Card Application - Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Online Library Card Application?
Who is eligible for Online Library Card Application?
What can I do with my Online Library Card?
What can't I do with my Online Library Card?
How do I sign up for the Online Library Card?
How to upgrade to a full service library card?
Do I have to upgrade?
What is the Online Library Card Application?
The Online Library Card Application allows library patrons to self-register online for a temporary (30-day) library card. Patrons will need to visit an Allegheny County Public Library to upgrade their card.
Who is eligible for Online Library Card Application?
Anyone who is a resident of Allegheny County, PA, or has an Access Pennsylvania Library Card.
Access Pennsylvania is a project of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries to promote resource sharing among Pennsylvania Libraries.
An Access Pennsylvania library card is a library card from your local library in the state of Pennsylvania with a blue Access Pennsylvania sticker on it. For more information about Access Pennsylvania or to see if your local library is a participant, go to: http://www.accesspa.state.pa.us/
What can I do with my Online Library Card?
You may immediately place requests on library material in The Catalog.
What can't I do with my Online Library Card?
You will be asked to upgrade to a full service library card in order to do any of the following:
How do I sign up for the Online Library Card?
Go to the Online Library Card Application page and fill out the form.
How do I upgrade to a full service library card?
Please bring your current photo identification with proof of address to any Allegheny County Public Library to receive your permanent library card.  A signature is required from a parent/legal guardian when picking up a library card for a minor.
Acceptable photo identification
Acceptable Proof of Address
Not Valid Identification
(Unacceptable identification includes, but is not limited to, the following:)
Do I have to upgrade to a full service library card?
Yes. The temporary library card expires in 30 days. Any requests placed on this card will be automatically canceled and the card will be deleted if the card is not upgraded with the 30 day period.
 
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