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Here’s how to check out books from home with an electronic Chicago Public Library card

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Being under quarantine means that you have loads of time to catch up on reading—and luckily, Chicago Public Library offers online eCard registration to help you do just that, for free.

The eCard functions a lot like a regular, physical library card, allowing you to check out and download e-books, audiobooks and digital magazines directly to your tablet or device, pending availability. (A few choice e-book and audiobook titles available for digital checkout as of press time: Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians, John Carreyrou's Bad Blood and Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad, among many others.) It also gives you access to other online services, like the Chicago Tribune historical archives.

Anyone who's a Chicago resident can sign up online for an eCard, and if you already have a physical library card, you can link it to a digital account—visit the library's website for more information about how to get started.

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