eCard FAQ

Birchard Public Library eCards are virtual library cards that allow patrons entry to all of Birchard Library's remotely accessible electronic resources, including online resources, downloadable eBooks, audio books, videos and music. eCard users who wish to check out library materials such as books, video formats, magazines, and audio formats must upgrade to a standard Birchard Library card.

You do not need an eCard if you already have a standard Birchard Library card.
Your standard card allows you all of the benefits of an eCard (and more).
To learn more about Birchard Library eCards, see our Frequently Asked Questions below.

eCard FAQ

  • Who is eligible to get an eCard?

Anyone who permanently resides in Ohio.
Anyone who owns property in Ohio.
Anyone who lives in Ohio while attending school.
Anyone who commutes to a workplace in Ohio.

  • How long does it take to get an eCard?

Just follow the prompts on the registration form and your eCard number will be mailed to you within two business days.

  • What can I do with my eCard?

Access any of our digital services (eBooks and audio books through Overdrive or Libby, video, audio books or music through Hoopla, downloadable music through Freegal, or magazines through RB Digital).

Access our online databases including automotive repair, genealogy, newspaper and journal articles, and homework help.

Access online training through Lynda.com.

  • What can't I do with my eCard?

You must upgrade to a standard library card in order to do the following:

  • Request items to be held for pickup, using our online catalog.
  • Check out physical items from our collection.
  • How do I upgrade to a standard library card?

Bring a photo identification with your name and current address, such as a driver's license or state ID. Photo ID without the current address must be accompanied by printed personal mail with the current address. You must apply in person.

REGISTER FOR AN ECARD

By clicking the button below I agree that I have read the elegibility requirements stated above and can answer "yes" to at least one of the questions.

Click here to register