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Renewals and Holds


Most materials* may be renewed up to two [2] times 24/7 by signing into your online account. A Telephone Renewal Service is also available during Central Library opening hours at 619-236-5800 or 858-484-4440 (toll free from the North County): press 1 (for touch-tone phone), then press 3 to renew library materials. Materials may also be renewed in person at any library location. Each item may be renewed two [2] times only. Please note that items with outstanding holds cannot be renewed. *The following items may not be renewed: leased books, eReader devices, interlibrary loan materials, laptop computers, museum passes, and story kits.


All circulating materials except magazines and leased books may be placed on hold through the Library catalog. There is no fee to place a hold.

To have an available title held for you or sent to another San Diego Public Library location at no cost, call the Library branch which has the title.

To place a hold on a title which is checked out or on order, locate the title in the Catalog. Click on the title of the item to see the Full Record. Click on the "Place Hold" button or link, then follow the instructions on the screen. Requests are usually available within 4-7 days for available items. You will be sent an email or paper notice when your request is ready for pick-up.

Items will be held for 14 days at the pick-up location after the notice is sent. There is a $1.00 restocking fee for holds not picked up.

There is a 25 title hold limit for permanent cards; there is a 2 title hold limit for temporary cards. Holds may not be placed on reference titles, magazines, leased books, or electronic materials. Materials with holds may not be renewed.

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