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Get a Library Card


A San Diego Public Library card is your key to all 36 locations in the City of San Diego. In addition to borrowing books, DVDs, and museum passes, your library card allows you to download digital materials, use electronic databases, take online classes, use library computers, and much more.
Begin the process online here, then stop by a library location to get your card. Bring a valid photo ID and proof of current address, and your Temporary Card number (ex. PACREGXXXXXX) with you to pick up your library card at any San Diego Public Library locations.
By applying for a library card you agree to the San Diego Public Library's Lending Policies. Not sure if you qualify? Click here to find out more.
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Youth Library Card

Patrons younger than 18 years old can register for a library card using the Online Library Card Application. 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.
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.

My First Library Card

My First Library Card

Beginning January 18th, 2022, children ages 5 and under can receive their very own library card featuring “Odi the Coyote” San Diego Public Library’s new mascot! Sign your child up for their first library card and take the first step in supporting their early literacy development and lifelong love of reading.

Visit your neighborhood library to enroll your child and they will receive:
“My First Library Card"
The opportunity to take their picture in an Odi Selfie Frame to share with family and friends
And while supplies last, a copy of Odi’s Library Day and an Odi doll (for ages 3+).

Picture ID & Address Verification

You will need to present a picture ID which verifies your name, current address and signature.
California Driver's License | Identification Card
Government issued ID Cards (including Military Identification)
University, College, School Identification
If your address is not listed on your photo identification, please bring one of the following documents:
Utility Bill (e.g. electric, cable, phone, water)
Unopened Postmarked Letter
Vehicle Registration or Proof of Insurance
Preprinted Checks

Library Card Applications