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Do you want to use Dubuque County Library’s free ebooks when we're closed, but don't have a library card? No problem.

While you are practicing social distancing, DCLD staff have set up a virtual library card to meet the needs of our users and provide library services online.

To get your virtual library card, fill out the form found at and we will send you a library card number via email within two business days. You can also send an email to to request an email attachment form. Once we set up your account, you'll have instant access to over 50,000 ebooks and audiobooks and dozens of online magazines through Bridges/Overdrive, 30,000 streaming videos through Kanopy, and many more online resources like Mango Languages, EBSCO’s Learning Express, and other research databases. All these are available at no charge with your virtual library card.

The virtual library card expires June 1, and when we re-open, you can visit any of our five branches to get a full-use card by providing a photo ID and proof of address. Please email if you have any questions or you have a current library card but don't know your PIN.

DCLD’s virtual library cards are only available to people who live within the unincorporated areas of Dubuque County, the cities of Asbury, Epworth, Farley, Holy Cross, and Peosta or the Library Agency communities of Balltown, Centralia, Luxemburg, and Rickardsville. If you live outside our service area, please contact your local library to see if they are offering a similar program.