When you sign your library card you assume responsibility for anything that is checked-out on your card.
If you change your mailing address, email address, etc., notify the library on your next visit. If your library card is lost or stolen, it is very important to notify the library as soon as possible since you are still responsible for items checked out on your card.
When an item is lost, you will be charged the cost of the item plus a processing fee. If the lost item is returned, you will be charged any accrued overdue fines.
Your library card privileges must be renewed every two years.
The fee to replace a library card is $2 for adults and $1 for children.
Your Library Card may be used at any San Diego Public Library location.
NOTE: If you have an expired card or need a replacement card, do NOT apply for a new library card. Instead, please visit your local branch library for assistance.
Patrons younger than 18 years old can register for a library card using the Online Library Card Registration. A parent or guardian needs to sign for responsibility for the card's use. Bring the completed/signed Parental Permission Form to any library location. Parent/Guardian needs to check whether permission is granted to borrow video materials.
Los usuarios menores de 18 años pueden registrarse para una tarjeta de la biblioteca usando la Registración de Tarjetas de la Biblioteca en Línea. Un Padre de Familia o Guardian Legal necesita firmar y tomar responsabilidad del uso de la tarjeta. Lleve el Permiso del Padre de Familia llenado y firmado a cualquier biblioteca de la Ciudad de San Diego.
If you are new to the San Diego Public Library, you may register online for a temporary library card. This will allow you to place up to two (2) holds for desired titles and to use most of the online databases (exceptions are cloudLibrary and OneClick Recorded Books). The temporary card is valid for 30 days. Please see instructions below for how to obtain a permanent library card.
Follow the steps below to activate your temporary access.
If you do not wish to apply for a library card online, please complete the library card Registration Form / Solicitud de Registro . You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the application.
Bring the printout or email with your temporary library card # (number) and present it at any San Diego Public Library location. You will also need to present a picture ID which verifies your name, current address and signature (or provide other verification along with a picture ID).
If your current address is not listed on your photo identification, please bring one of the following documents:
For other questions or concerns, call (619) 236-5800 or email [email protected]