Under the guidance of the CA Department of Public Health and San Diego County’s Public Health Officer, the San Diego Public Library will be closed until further notice. Online library services remain available to the public.  Due dates have been extended to May 22, 2020. Find specific information on operations.


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My materials are overdue, but I can’t return them. Will I be charged/billed?

  • All library materials with due dates since March 13, 2020 have been extended and are currently due on May 22, 2020.
  • Any library materials billed to your account will not be billed to the City Treasurer during library closure (March 16 – Until further notice). If you have questions about existing billings, please follow up with the Library when it reopens to the public or email [email protected].

My materials are due while the Library is closed. What do I do?

Hold on to them! Please do not return your library materials to any library facility while we are closed. SDPL has extended the due dates for all library materials originally due since March 13. They are currently due on May 22, 2020. This includes items checked out through Circuit and ILL (Interlibrary Loan).

Can I place holds for materials?

  • At this time, patrons cannot place new holds while the Library is closed.
  • If you have existing holds you are waiting for, we will resume filling holds when the Library reopens to the public.

I have holds to pick up. Will I still be able to pick them up? What happens to holds while you are closed?

Holds cannot be picked up at any of our 36 locations while we are closed to the public. We have extended all holds to remain available at their designated location until after we reopen to provide you with an opportunity to pick them up at that time.

Do you offer curbside pick up?

We do not offer this service during closure. Please consider utilizing our eLibrary for many items and resources at your fingertips!

Can I download eBooks/eAudio?

Yes! The Library has thousands of eBooks and eAudio titles you can download on your computer or portable device with your library card or temporary ID. Visit SDPL’s eLibrary or search our catalog for available titles for all ages.

Do I need a library card to download?

Yes, you need a valid library card to download. Please make sure you type in all the numbers listed on your library card, no spaces. You may also need your library PIN to access certain resources.

Can I apply for a library card online?

Yes, you can apply for a library card online and be assigned a temporary library card number that will expire after 30 days. Apply for a library card here
NOTE: Please make sure to enter your temporary barcode exactly as you see it. (Ex: PACREG123456) and write down your password so you don’t forget it. You will need both to access several of our database and downloadable resources.

What online resources are available?

If reading isn’t your thing, there are several other online resources to keep you occupied such as:
  • Learning a new language with Rosetta Stone
  • Practicing and preparing for upcoming tests with the Testing & Education Reference Center
  • Read a magazine with Flipster!
  • Visit SDPL’s eLibrary for a full listing of available online resources.
  • Visit the Library’s homepage and our social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for additional activities.

Can I return my materials to any location?

All SDPL’s book drops are currently closed. Please hold on to your library materials until we reopen to the public. Don’t worry, we’ve extended due dates to make sure you are covered.

When are you opening back up to the public?

At this time, all San Diego Public Library locations are closed until further notice. We encourage you to check our website for the most current information regarding operations.

Can I call the library for help/reference services?

At this time, we are unable to provide phone reference or assistance. However, we are responding to emails received through the Library’s website or email us directly at [email protected] with reference questions, questions about services or your account.

Do you have any information available about COVID-19?

The City of San Diego maintains the most current information regarding COVID-19 on its website. Please visit https://www.sandiego.gov/coronavirus for information.
The County of San Diego also has resources available on its website.

What resources are available to help my child with schoolwork?

SDPL has several resources to help your child with schoolwork while they are homebound including online, live tutoring (requires library card or Temporary ID card) and other electronic resources. You can access this information at SDPL’s Do Your Homework @ the Library page and select the Homework Resources tab.

What do you have available to keep my children busy?

Are meeting rooms still available?

No, all our public libraries and meeting spaces are closed until further notice.

When will programs resume?

At this time, all library programs are cancelled until further notice.

I have books to donate. Where can I drop them off while you are closed?

The Library is not accepting donations during its closure. Please do not leave books or other donated materials outside of library locations. We cannot guarantee they will not be stolen or damaged by inclement weather. Plus, if you return them when we are open, we can provide you with a tax deduction form for next year’s taxes! And thank you for thinking of SDPL for your donations!
If you would like to learn about other ways to support the Library, your help is needed now more than ever. Please visit Library’s Advocacy to learn how!
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