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Old 01-06-2017, 07:53 PM   #61
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Old 01-06-2017, 11:02 PM   #62
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You and me both tubemonkey. Oregon is my home-State, I love Oregon, and too long a story how I even ended up in California. I can't wait to move home. I know there are some good folks here in CA, real good folks, but much of the State is "not my cup'a tea".
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I got a note back from the LA library since I live in California, but they don't cater to other counties. I'd so love to belong to a large consortium of libraries (big city) but I've been fortunate in finding all the freebies here on MF. I need to locate a consortium that will allow a non-resident to have a card. Maybe I'll look through the list that was given to me here, on pay-to-belong sites, or reciprocals.
The LA City Library requires city residency. The LA County Library only requires California residency. They are both very large library systems.
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The LA City Library requires city residency. The LA County Library only requires California residency. They are both very large library systems.
Wow, oh I hope this is true!! I will try on Mon or Tues to call the "County of LA". I must have written the City Library. I wonder why they didn't let me know the county library would allow me to get a card because I'm a CA resident.

Oh well, I sure hope I can. Actually been kind of depressed at the thought of not being able to check out digital books anymore. Well, not unless I find a good library that would let me pay for membership (hopefully not an arm and a leg either

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Wow, oh I hope this is true!! I will try on Mon or Tues to call the "County of LA". I must have written the City Library. I wonder why they didn't let me know the county library would allow me to get a card because I'm a CA resident.


The link for the information about getting a card is here.

The link for the various library locations is here.
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Old 01-08-2017, 12:06 PM   #66
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The link for the information about getting a card is here.

The link for the various library locations is here.
I can't thank you enough. I'm hoping there isn't any requirement for me to go there. I am in the far North of CA. I have documents I can share with them to prove my residency though I'll let you know how it goes

Thank you again, Denise
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I can't thank you enough. I'm hoping there isn't any requirement for me to go there. I am in the far North of CA. I have documents I can share with them to prove my residency though I'll let you know how it goes

Thank you again, Denise
Oh, sorry. I don't think that will work. To the best of my knowledge, all libraries in California require you to appear in person to get the original card. A lot of them will then allow you to renew by phone.

Try and check online for libraries in town/cities close to you, where you could go in person. Like I've said earlier, most, but not all libraries in California, allow any resident to get a card. I've traveled the state a fair amount and have several library cards.
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Oh, sorry. I don't think that will work. To the best of my knowledge, all libraries in California require you to appear in person to get the original card. A lot of them will then allow you to renew by phone.

Try and check online for libraries in town/cities close to you, where you could go in person. Like I've said earlier, most, but not all libraries in California, allow any resident to get a card. I've traveled the state a fair amount and have several library cards.
Ok That's alright, you tried anyway

I was given a list earlier in the thread of librarys that are called reciprocal?? Also libraries I can get payed membership no matter where I live. That's a great idea, as long as it isn't too high-priced, because they can make revenue to get more books for us!

much, Denise
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Ok, here is a blog I just found which lists some "paid memberships":

http://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/201...ry-is-lacking/
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Never assume, I forgot to change my profile for a year and a half ago when I moved here to Northern CA

So what's stopping you from changing it now? When you ask a question based on geography, it would be easier for us to help you if you give us the correct data.
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To everyone that helped me here I talked to the Houston Public Library today. I can get a card from them "online" and just have to send them scanned copies (easiest way) of my ID etc. and it's $20 for 6months, or $40 for a year. Very inexpensive compared to the books I would need to purchase to read as much as I like to

Thanks again to all that gave such great links etc. Oh, also, I did do a search of the library to make sure it carried a lot of my fave authors and it had a wonderful supply!!

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That's good that you found something that works for you for a cost you can live with. The only other suggestion I could think of was to get some of your friends and neighbors to petition your local library to join a consortium for ebooks. I have no idea how that works financially for small libraries, though.
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One good way to evaluate distant libraries that will let you pay for a library card is to calculate available ebooks divided by the yearly cost. For instance Houston has around 30k epub ebooks for $40/yr; while Brooklyn has around 90k epub ebooks for $50/yr.

On that basis, Brooklyn looks better. But, of course, there are other factors such as:

1) How long you have to wait on hold before books you are interested in are available.
2) How easy is it to get the non-resident library card
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One good way to evaluate distant libraries that will let you pay for a library card is to calculate available ebooks divided by the yearly cost. For instance Houston has around 30k epub ebooks for $40/yr; while Brooklyn has around 90k epub ebooks for $50/yr.

On that basis, Brooklyn looks better. But, of course, there are other factors such as:

1) How long you have to wait on hold before books you are interested in are available.
2) How easy is it to get the non-resident library card
Rather than looking at total ebooks. I think it would be more important to get a sense of what percentage of the collection is books you want to read. Then, too, enough is as good as a feast, and if the cheaper library has a sufficiency of the books you want to read, why pay more?

Hold lists are very important up front. But once you can work up a list of gradually advancing holds, it becomes less important. Also, once you're a member, you'll be able to join queues much earlier, if you pay attention to new listings.
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That's good that you found something that works for you for a cost you can live with. The only other suggestion I could think of was to get some of your friends and neighbors to petition your local library to join a consortium for ebooks. I have no idea how that works financially for small libraries, though.
I will try out the Houston Public Library for 6months and keep it if it works well for me I appreciate the idea, it's always an option for the future

Thanks again, Denise
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