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All Claremont Colleges faculty, staff, and students are eligible for an LA County Library card. Library cards are free and easy to get with an ID and library card application form. The nearest LA County Library branch is on 208 N Harvard Ave in Claremont, right across from the post office. Once you have your library card, you can request materials from any branch library in the system, and they will be delivered to the Claremont branch. For more information on how to get a card, please visit the LA County library website.

Why get a LA County Library card?

Public libraries and academic libraries have different purposes and audiences. Academic libraries primarily support the scholarship of their faculty and students, while public libraries more broadly aim to support the self-education and entertainment of their entire community. You see these differences play out in the materials that each library buys and lends.

If you need:

Academic books and journal articles: Use the Claremont Colleges Library. Scholarly resources are what we do!

Popular fiction: Use the LA County Library. Public libraries buy lots of current popular fiction, while academic libraries tend to buy very little.

Children’s literature: Use the LA County Library. The Claremont Colleges Library does not have a children’s literature collection, but the LA County Library has a huge collection of children’s literature.

Audiobooks: Use the LA County Library.

Streaming Music: Use the LA County Library.

Streaming video: Both! The Claremont Colleges Library has lots of indie films, documentaries, and classic films via our film streaming databases. The LA County Library has streaming popular films.

Online learning: Both! Notably, the LA County Library subscribes to both Mango language learning and Lynda.com. The Claremont Colleges Library subscribes to the O’Reilly Safari Learning Platform.

DVDs: Both! The Claremont Colleges Library has a large DVD collection, but the LA County Library also has a large collection with more of an emphasis on popular films.

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