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Buffalo and Erie County Public Library (B&ECPL) eLibraryCard

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What is an eLibraryCard?

An eLibraryCard is a library card that allows use of the Library’s many online resources and public computer services:

  • Borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • Download Music that you can keep forever
  • Perform research using the Library’s databases and other electronic resources
  • Use a Library Computer 
  • Place requests for physical books, music, and videos, etc. [Before items can be checked out, you will need to upgrade your eLibraryCard to a traditional B&ECPL card (with full borrowing privileges) at any Library location with required acceptable identification].


How do I Get an eLibraryCard?

You can apply for an eLibraryCard online. To do so, you must be an Erie County resident and at least 17 years old. An email address is required to complete the application. Online applicants are also required to submit acceptable identification via email or fax. If you already have a B&ECPL library card, you do not need an eLibraryCard.

To receive your eLibraryCard, click the “Apply for an eLibraryCard” button below and fill out the form. Once submitted, please follow the instructions sent to your email address. To complete your eLibraryCard application, applicants must submit proof of identification and signature. Email submissions may include a digital or smartphone camera photo of your identification. Preferred acceptable identification includes:

Your eLibraryCard will be processed and mailed to you at the address submitted within 24-48 hours following submission of required documents. An eLibraryCard may be upgraded to a traditional B&ECPL card at any time when you visit any B&ECPL library and bring acceptable identification.    

The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library does not retain (virtually or in print) any proof of identification submitted during the online application process


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