APPLICATION FOR A LIBRARY CARD
Any person of any age may apply for a library card at the Santa Clarita Public Library. A card is issued if the person has acceptable identification. The Santa Clarita Public Library participates in universal borrowing, which, by the California Library Services Act means “the extension by a public library of its direct loan privileges to the eligible borrowers of all other public libraries.” Those persons whose residence is outside the state of California must pay a card fee. Customers, who are otherwise ineligible for a free library card, can apply for an Internet Use card that allows them to use the Library’s public computers, with a valid ID.
IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED FOR A LIBRARY CARD
Adults, age 18 or older, must present a valid Government ID or current school issued photo ID and verification of mailing address for a new Library card.
For juveniles to obtain a new Library card, the juvenile’s parent or responsible guardian must present a valid Government ID or current school issued photo ID and verification of mailing address. Juvenile applicants may present a completed and signed Library application in branch to review a Library card, in lieu of a parent being present.
According to the City of Santa Clarita Fee Schedule, out-of-state residents will pay a fee for a card unless they can show proof of a permanent second home (not business) in California.
Acceptable types of valid Government issued photo ID include:
- State issued photo ID
- Consular cards
- Federal ID including Military or Tribal
LIBRARY CARD USE
Library cards are non-transferable, and it is the customer’s responsibility to monitor the use of his or her own card. The physical card must be presented at all Library transactions requiring staff assisted account access. A one-time courtesy lookup, for adults, will be provided when a customer asks in person with a valid Government or school issued photo ID. If by phone, a California Driver License number will be required.
Library cards expire every three years. Customers can verify their account information to staff in person, via email, or over the phone to renew their Library card.
- If a card is reported lost or stolen, or it is damaged, a fee will be charged for its replacement, according to the City of Santa Clarita Fee Schedule.
- The account must be in good standing before a replacement can be issued. Fees and account information will remain when a new card number is issued. Valid Government or current school-issued photo identification is required to issue an adult replacement card. Juvenile replacement cards will be issued with a completed Library Card Application or authorizing parent present.
Kindergarten – 12th grade teachers employed by public or private schools within the Santa Clarita Valley may apply for a Teacher’s Card which will allow them to borrow up to 50 items and access all databases. Applicants must provide contact information and demonstrate proof of employment at a local K-12 school. The Teacher Card is intended for borrowing classroom materials only. Personal materials must be checked out with a personal library card account. Loan periods, renewal privileges and fines are the same for Teacher Cards as for all other Santa Clarita Public Library card accounts. Teacher Cards will be revoked if misused.