Thanks for the suggestion, but I live in the middle of the US and won't be getting near DC anytime soon.
But I'm sure others will appreciate hearing about your experiences with their catalog.
As I mentioned, I'd prefer to go above board, so getting a family member to get me a card is not my preferred route.
I'd love to hear from someone who knows more about the Orange County FL nonresident card. Do they allow you to check out ebooks? Is the access restricted? I'm so tempted to get someone's number to try it out. I know several people with reciprical rights to that library.
Interestingly, I tried to check the library catalog of the library system my nephew (who spends tons of time with my family) belongs to, and it flagged my ISP as not being in it's geo area. It's a state over from mine.