Library Services - How to Get a Library Card


En Español: Como obtener tarjeta de biblioteca

Besides allowing you to check out books, CDs, videos and other media, your library card gives you access from home to many commercial databases and special services. You can look up magazine and newspaper articles, use a variety of databases, and find new books and authors to read. Your card also allows you to "check out" electronic books (Downloadable Audio and eBooks). What a bargain!

Who Can Get a Library Card

Library cards are available free to local residents.

Special homebound borrower cards are available for persons who are unable to visit a branch library because of physical disability or extended illness.

Applying for a Library Card

You may apply for a library card in person at any one of our branch libraries. If you like, you may start the process by printing off the PDF application form from our website, or filling out the Registration form in the Catalog. Bring the filled-out form and your ID to your nearest branch library to complete the process.

Application Requirements


Any official identification with a name and picture is an acceptable form of picture identification.

Examples include: In state, out of state, or international driver's license or state identification; US or international passport; Matricular Consular (obtained from Mexican Consulate); student identification; picture bus pass; credit card with picture; employee card with picture, etc.

You must also show verification of your mailing address if you wish to use your card at the time you apply for it. Otherwise, it will be mailed to you.

Youth and Children:

Applicants under 18 may apply for a card without providing identification or proof of address. Applicants are allowed to check out one item at the time of registration. Applicants may not use the card again until the card has been received in the mail.

Applicants who can provide identification and proof of address or who apply in the presence of a parent who can provide such proof may have full use of the card at the time of registration.

Parent signatures are not required for children's cards, but we do wish parents to understand our confidentiality and other rules for the use of children's cards.


California residents with a library card from their home California public library are eligible to apply for a SCPL library card without a fee.

Non-California public library card holders may apply for a visitor card by paying a $10 fee. The card is valid for 6 months. Visitors may not have more than 10 items checked out.

Library Card Fee

Library cards are issued free of charge to eligible applicants. The Library charges $2.00 to replace a lost or damaged card.

Do Library Cards Expire?

Library cards are set to expire so that patron information can be re-confirmed. For most patrons, the card is set to expire every four years on the borrower’s birth date. Cards for short-term residents expire each year. Except for visitor cards, all library cards are renewable.

Your Right to Privacy

California Law (Government Code Sec. 6267) obligates the library to treat all borrower records confidentially. This means that we cannot give information to anyone other than you about your library account or what you have checked out on your library card.

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Last updated by phippsa on Aug. 9, 2017

You Can Do That @ the Library?!

We will help you to recycle it

The Libraries accept cell phones and chargers, PDAs, pagers, books, videos and music CDs--and some branches will even take your used batteries. Ask at your nearest branch to find out what they will accept for recycling.

See our Calendar, Online Catalog or Branch pages for more details and contact information.