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How to sign up for a library card

Signing up for a library card is free and only takes a few minutes. Here is how to get a card online and in person.

In Person Library Card Sign Up

  1. Bring an ID and proof of residency in Allegheny County, such as a driver’s license or bills in your name.
  2. Ask for a registration form at the circulation desk.
  3. Fill out all information, including your name, address, and contact information.
  4. Agree to the patron terms of use.
  5. Sign and turn in the form.
  6. Choose a four-digit PIN for online catalog use.
  7. Receive your library card and keychain card and borrow anything you like!

Online Library Card Sign Up

  1. Go to www.catalogprod.einetwork.net and click “Log In or Register” at the top right of the page.
  2. A pop-up will appear asking for your library card number and PIN. Click “I need a library card”.
  3. Fill out all information, including your name, address, and contact information.
  4. Click “Register”.
  5. When you arrive at the library, let a staff member at the circulation desk know that you started a library card application online.
  6. Show the staff person an ID and proof of residency in Allegheny County, such as a driver’s license or bills in your name.
  7. The staff person will ask for any missing information on your application form, such as preferred contact method or home library.
  8. Receive your library card and keychain card and borrow anything you like!

FAQ: What if I don’t have my library card or forget my PIN?

A: If you forget your library card, we will need to see your ID to verify your account. This is to prevent other people from borrowing items or accruing fines.

A staff member can reassign your PIN when you visit the library.

FAQ: Who can use a library card?

A: Anybody who lives in Allegheny County can use a library card. Children and teenagers under 16 years old must have a parent or guardian co-sign on their account.

Families can link multiple library cards or people to a single account.

Card holders can also designate certain people to pick up their library items, such as a friend or family member, provided that the chosen person has an ID.

FAQ: How do I renew my library card?

A: A library card needs to be renewed every 2 years. When your card expires, bring an ID or proof of residency to the circulation desk. Staff will update and verify your information in our system and, if required, issue you a new library card.

FAQ: What can I do with my library card?

A: A library card allows you to borrow UP TO X Allegheny County Library Association items at a time for free, such as books, movies, music, toys, and kits for one to three weeks (not including renewals).

You can also access a variety of digital items including ebooks, audiobooks, video games, and research databases.

Library members are also encouraged to attend events or join clubs such as storytimes, art classes, movie viewings, game nights, and discussion groups. We offer programs for adults, teens, and kids.

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How to use the catalog

The online catalog lets you see what items are available to borrow at our and other local public libraries. Other features include saving searches, tracking what you’ve read, and managing your library card.

Using the online catalog to borrow an item

  1. Go to www.catalogprod.einetwork.net.
  2. Type what you’re looking for in the search bar at the top of the page and click the magnifying glass icon.
  3. Click the Print Book, eBook, Audio Book, or Music icons to see only items of that type. The number on the top right corner of the icon indicates how many items of that type match your search.
  4. Use the drop-down menus on the left side of page to filter out items you don’t want to see in your search, such as items for age groups you aren’t interested in.
  5. Click the name of the item you like.
  6. Look on the right side of the page. A white button saying “It’s here!” indicates that the item is available at Moon. The Availability text underneath its name will tell you which department it is in and its call number.
  7. A blue button saying “Hold” means that it is available from another library. Click “Availability Details” on the left side of the page to see which libraries have it.
  8. If you want to borrow an item from another library, click “Hold”. A pop-up will appear asking for your library card number and your PIN. Type those in and click “Log In”. (If you are already logged in, you will not see the pop-up.)

Using the online catalog to manage your library card

  1. Go to www.catalogprod.einetwork.net and click “Log In or Register” at the top right of the page.
  2. A pop-up will appear asking for your library card number and PIN. Enter those and click “Log In”.
  3. Click “Account” on the top right-hand corner of the page. A drop-down menu will appear.
  4. Click “Checked Out” to see which items are currently being borrowed. You can renew items from this page as well.
  5. Click “Holds” to see which items you have requested to borrow and their status.
  6. Click “Lists” or “Book Cart” to see items or catalog searches you have saved for later.
  7. Click “Reading History” to view items you have borrowed in the past. This feature is off by default but can be turned on whenever you like.
  8. Click “Saved Searches” to see all catalog searched you have done recently.
  9. Click “Profile” to view or change your library card information.
    • “About Me” shows your name and address and allows you to change your contact information and preferences.
    • “Library Card” shows your library card number and its expiration date.
    • “Change PIN” allows you to change your PIN. If you don’t know your PIN, contact the library to set a new one.
    • “Preferred Libraries” shows which Allegheny County Library Association libraries you prefer to borrow items from. You can change these at any time.
    • “OverDrive Options” shows how long you can borrow digital items from OverDrive. You can change the length of time you borrow items at any time.
  10. Click “Messages” to see any messages you have received, such as due dates or hold notices.

Using the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh app to borrow an item

  1. Open the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh app on your Android or iOS device.
  2. Tap “My Account” to log in. Enter your library card number and PIN.
  3. Tap “Library Home” to return to the catalog.
  4. Tap “Catalog” to search for items to borrow.
  5. Tap the name of the item you like. A greyed-out bar which says “Request” means that it is available from Moon or another library. The grey box beneath it will list the library, department, and call number where it is available.
  6. Tap “Request” to place a hold on an item. Tap the name of the library you where you would like to get the item.

Note: There is currently no way to filter out items you don’t want to see in the CLP app.

Using the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh app to manage your library card

  1. Open the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh app on your Android or iOS device.
  2. Tap “My Account” to log in. Enter your library card number and PIN.
  3. Tap “Check Out” to see which items are currently being borrowed. You can renew items from this screen as well.
  4. Tap “Requests” to see which items you have requested to borrow and their status.
  5. “Current balance” shows how much money you owe in library fines (if any).

FAQ: How do I borrow an item that isn’t in the catalog?

A: Sometimes we don’t have items in our catalog because they are rare or very old. If you’d like to get an item outside of the Allegheny County Library Association network, check for it at other Pennsylvania libraries with AccessPA or worldwide with WorldCat. Then request the item through interlibrary loan by making an account with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s ILL website. Loans are often free but may require a delivery fee.

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How to get an ebook

You can borrow ebooks without visiting the library whenever you like. There are few different ways to do it, so pick the method that works best for you.

Getting an ebook using the ACLA website

  1. Go to www.catalogprod.einetwork.net and log into your account using your library card number and PIN.
  2. Type what you’re looking for in the search bar at the top of the page and click the magnifying glass icon.
  3. Click the eBook icon to see only eBooks which match your search.
  4. Click the name of the item you like.
  5. Look on the right side of the page. A blue button saying “Check Out” indicates that the item is available. Click “Check Out” to borrow it.
  6. Click “Checked Out”. A drop-down list will appear. Click “Read now” to read the ebook online. Click “Download” to deliver the ebook to your OverDrive, Libby, or Kindle apps.
  7. Click “Return” to return the ebook. Digital items automatically return after 1 to 3 weeks if you do not manually return them.

Getting an ebook using the OverDrive website

  1. Go to www.acla.overdrive.com and click “Sign In” on the top right corner of the page.
  2. Log into your account using your library card number and PIN OR your OverDrive email account and password.
  3. Tap “Search” on the top right hand corner of the page and type your search into the bar that appears. Tap the magnifying glass icon on the right side of the page.
  4. Use the drop-down menus on the left side of page to filter out items you don’t want to see in your search, such as items for age groups you aren’t interested in.
  5. Click the name or picture of the item you like.
  6. A purple button saying “Borrow” indicates that the item is available. Click “Borrow” to borrow it.
  7. Click the purple button saying “Go to Loans”. Click the purple button that says “Read in Browser” to read the ebook online or click the blue button which says “Download” to deliver the ebook to your OverDrive, Libby, or Kindle apps.
  8. Click the grey “Return” icon and then the purple “Return” button to return the ebook. Digital items automatically return after 1 to 3 weeks if you do not manually return them.

Getting an ebook using the OverDrive app

  1. Download or open OverDrive’s AndroidiOSKindle, or Windows apps.
  2. Tap “Add a title”. This will redirect you to the OverDrive website.
  3. Tap “Search” to find an item. Use the drop-down menus at the top of the page to filter out items you don’t want to see in your search, such as items for age groups you aren’t interested in.
  4. Tap the name or picture of the item you like.
  5. A purple button saying “Borrow” indicates that the item is available. Tap “Borrow” to borrow it.
  6. Tap the purple button saying “Go to Loans”. Tap the blue button which says “Download” to load it onto your OverDrive app.
  7. Tap the three horizontal stripes icon on the top left of the app and then the “Bookshelf” icon in the menu to see your borrowed ebooks.
  8. Tap the three dots icon beneath the ebook’s cover picture to return the book.  Digital items automatically return after 1 to 3 weeks if you do not manually return them.

Getting an ebook using the Libby app

  1. OverDrive has a new, user-friendly app called Libby for AndroidiOS, or Windows devices. Download or open Libby.
  2. Log in by tapping the “Library Card” text on the purple bar and tap “Add A Card”. Type in your library card number and tap the purple button that says “Sign In”.
  3. Tap “Search the catalog” at the top of the page to find an item.
  4. Tap the name or picture of the item you like.
  5. Tap “Borrow” beneath the cover picture and the magenta button that says “Borrow!” to borrow the item.
  6. Tap “Go to Shelf” on the bottom right corner of the app to see your borrowed items.
  7. Tap “Open Book” to read the downloaded ebook or tap the magenta check mark icon to read the ebook online.

Getting an ebook using the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh app

  1. Open the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh app on your Android or iOS device.
  2. Tap “My Account” to log in. Enter your library card number and PIN.
  3. Tap “Library Home” to return to the catalog.
  4. Tap “eCLP” to look for digital items. Tap “Download eBooks”.
  5. Tap the search bar at the top of the page and enter the item you’re looking for.
  6. Tap the name of the item you want to borrow. A yellow bar saying “Check out NOW!” indicates the item is available. Tap “Check out NOW!”
  7. Enter your library card number and email address. Tap “Submit”.
  8. Tap the ebook’s name to download it. It will then redirect you to the OverDrive app.
  9. Tap the three dots icon beneath the ebook’s cover picture to return the book.  Digital items automatically return after 1 to 3 weeks if you do not manually return them.

FAQ: How long do I get to keep an ebook?

A: By default, ebooks are borrowed for 21 days but you can change the term limit to 7 or 14 days. You can return an ebook at any time. Currently ebooks cannot be renewed. You can borrow up to 20 digital items at a time and place up to 15 holds at a time.

You can only borrow one ebook format at a time. If you borrow an item as an OverDrive book, you cannot simultaneously download it as a Kindle book.

FAQ: What can I get besides ebooks?

A:  You can access a variety of digital items with your library card, including audiobooks, e-magazines, video games, music, and video streams. Find out more on our Digital Items or Research pages.

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