Adults who do not already have an Austin Public Library Card can apply for an eCard to obtain access to the Austin Public Library's Virtual Library. eCards are free for Austin residents. Adults who live in Texas, but not within the city limits of Austin, can purchase an eCard for an annual fee of $22. Read instructions on how to find out if you are a resident of the City of Austin.
The eCard will give you 24/7 access to the Virtual Library:
To request access to the Virtual Library, complete the eCard application and upload a picture of your valid photo ID and proof of your current residence address. Your application will be processed within 2-3 business days and if the application is approved you will receive an email with your eCard number and details about how to get started.
Please note that an eCard cannot be used to check out or place holds on physical materials and are currently only available for adults 18 and older. Customers who already have a Limited Access Austin Public Library Card (through the TexShare Program) can also purchase an eCard for $22 annually.