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Old 07-16-2012, 09:16 AM   #1
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How to get a library card

I live in a wonderful country but.......
Local public library has fewer books than I do (a serious lot fewer) I can't get a UK card without going there, and the two USA libraries that would sell me a card without actually going there need a cheque. I don't have a USA bank account, so that is out. Ideas, anyone?
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:49 AM   #2
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Will they take a Western Union money order?
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:56 AM   #3
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...and the two USA libraries that would sell me a card without actually going there need a cheque. I don't have a USA bank account, so that is out. Ideas, anyone?

Is one of the US ones the Free Library of Philadelphia? In the past they've taken credit cards for folks from outside the US...

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...t=philadelphia

...I don't know if that's still the case (the thread is pretty old), but it might be worth checking into if you haven't already.
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Old 07-16-2012, 02:26 PM   #4
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Thanks folks. I don't know about Western Union, but one of them is indeed the free library of Philadelphia. Worth a call!
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Old 07-16-2012, 03:33 PM   #5
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Thanks folks. I don't know about Western Union, but one of them is indeed the free library of Philadelphia. Worth a call!
Do you mind telling what the other library is that will mail out a card? Thanks.
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:13 PM   #6
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Toronto Public Library will allow membership for non-residents for a payment. I'm not sure if they mail out the cards... Discussed in this thread:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...5&postcount=13
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:17 PM   #7
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According to the wiki, Fairfax county will mail out cards
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Thanks, Cdesja5 and piperclassique. I may try Fairfax, but Toronto's a little too expensive for me.
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:35 PM   #9
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hmm, what about starting an international consortium for the distribution of ebooks to everyone? I'm talking about a global library of course, not advocating piracy.
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If you guys want a US credit card, issued by a US bank, you can try USunlocked. I use it whenever nothing else works.
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Thanks, Cdesja5 and piperclassique. I may try Fairfax, but Toronto's a little too expensive for me.
The Philadelphia one is free if you are 65 or over.

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