The San Diego Public Library will be closed Nov. 11, 2021 in observance of Veterans Day. Catalog and eLibrary resources will also be offline for scheduled system maintenance. View current hours and available library services.


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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.
Apply for a library card online. Bring a valid photo ID and proof of current address 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.
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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 PDF icon 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 PDF icon Permiso del Padre de Familia llenado y firmado a cualquier biblioteca de la Ciudad de San Diego.

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