8 Libraries That Let Nonresidents Check Out E-Books

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E-books are a godsend for book lovers. They reduce clutter and allow you to take a library on the go when you travel.

You can even check out e-books from the library and read them on your phone or e-reader. But what happens when your library’s selection of e-books is more limited than you would like?

Fortunately, you have other options. For an annual fee, a handful of public library systems around the country will allow you to check out e-books even if you are not a resident of the area the library serves.

Following are a handful of library systems that allow you to enroll in nonresident programs so you can broaden your access to more book titles.

Monroe County Library System, New York

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The Monroe County Library System charges a fee to nonresidents who want a library card. The cost is $25 per year.

See the library website for more details.

Houston Public Library, Texas

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Those living outside of Texas can get a library card to use at the Houston Public Library. The cost is $40 annually.

See the library website for more details.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, North Carolina

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If you live outside Mecklenburg County, you can still use the library. A nonresident card entitles you to “digital materials, resources, and physical items” from any of its branches. The cost is $45 per year for a household, or $35 for adults age 62 or older.

See the library website for more details.

Fairfax County Public Library, Virginia

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Those who do not live in Fairfax County or a reciprocal jurisdiction — which includes some other parts of Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. — can obtain a nonresident library card for an annual fee of $27. However, the library notes that due to high demand, turnaround time on your request might be extended.

See the library website for more details.

Orange County Library System, Florida

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The Orange County Library System offers a fee card that allows anyone who resides outside the library’s service area to use a slew of library services, including accessing e-books. The cost is $75 for three months, or $125 for a year.

See the library website for more details.

Queens Public Library, New York

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Nonresidents can get a Queens Public Library e-card for an annual fee of $50.

The card allows you to check out digital media such as e-books and to use other services.

See the library website for more details.

Miami-Dade Public Library System, Florida

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If you are not a resident of Miami-Dade, you can still access the library’s services for an annual fee of $65.

See the library website for more details.

Chapel Hill Public Library, North Carolina

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Anyone who does not meet the established criteria for a free Chapel Hill Public Library card may purchase a card for an annual fee of $65.

See the library website for more details.

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