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Library Cards tell Glendale's Story

Library Cards Tell Glendale's Story

The Library began using historic photos from the Special Collections Room in 2007 to promote the Library's unique collection of photographs from Glendale's past. The cards have become popular with Library visitors who identify with a certain library building or scene from Glendale's past, and as a way to distinguish their library cards from their credit cards.

The cards can be used to borrow book, DVDs and CDs, and to download eBooks and music and magazine or newspaper articles from the Library website. The cards can also be used to log on to the Library's online educational resources, including Career Transitions and Mango Languages. Career Transitions is a self directed, interactive online resource to prepare you for a career change. Mango Languages includes online language-learning for English speakers wishing to learn another language such a French, Hindi or Spanish, and and ESL-system for non-English speakers who wish to learn English.

For more information, click here or visit the Library, Arts & Culture Department.


This design has a view of the Central Library from the lawn of the Adult Recreation Center to the south.


Airplane Crossing, 1930

Einstein, 1932

Bob Hope, 1946

Rose Float, 2002


A series of four Historic Glendale cards became available to borrowers at all Library sites on July 26, 2008, the same day the Library opened its newest branch, Library Connection @ Adams Square.

Miradero Gate, circa 1910

Glendale Union High School, 1915

Amelia Earhart, 1928

Glendale City Hall, 1912

The Library celebrated 100 years of service to the community in 2007. Adult borrowers traded in their old Library Cards for one of six new Centennial Library Cards featuring historic photos from the Library's Special Collections Room.

Central Library
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Glendale Hotel
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Grand Central
Air Terminal
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Central Library
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Red Car
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Library customers have used a variety of library card designs since the computerized catalog system was implemented in the mid 1980s.

Many library borrowers still use their original thin plastic "barcode" library cards.
A "credit card" style borrower's card featured the Library logo in the 1990s.
Cards for children and teens were introduced in 2005. The Teen card was designed by then Glendale High School students Min Ji Yi and Eun Jung Lee.
An eCard allows visitors to reserve and use computers, access electronic resources remotely and check-out eBooks. A photo ID is all that is required to get an eCard.
The children's card was designed by Children's Room Manager Theresa Robinett based on features found in the Children's Room. She also designed the set of the Library's popular GTV6 televised storytime program, TreeHouse Tales.

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