Your Santa Monica Public Library card is the gateway to borrowing Library materials, placing holds on items in our Library catalog, accessing premium research databases, reserving Library study rooms, and exploring the World Wide Web on one of the Library's Internet-enabled PCs. California residents may apply for a free library card at one of our four locations: Main Library, Fairview, Montana, or Ocean Park Branch. Non-California residents and visitors may apply for an Internet Card which provides access to our Internet-enabled PCs.
California residents who are applying for a new card will need to complete a Library Card Application (versión Española) and present a valid photo ID along with proof of a current California residential address.
NOTE: Photocopied documents, computer printouts or electronic representations (e.g. mobile device displays) are not acceptable as forms of photo ID or proof of residency.
NOTE: A valid photo ID must be presented in order to renew one's card. Any outstanding account balance must be cleared prior to renewal.
Any person in possession of your card may use the card to checkout items from the Library. Keep your card safe and be aware that you are responsible for everything that is checked out on your account. Notify the Library immediately if your card is lost or stolen.
Persons who wish to use the Library's Internet-enabled PCs must be in possession of their own valid Library card. Cards cannot be borrowed or shared amongst users for the purpose of using these workstations.
Library cards must be periodically renewed to ensure that the contact information that we have on file is accurate and current. You will need to present a valid photo ID at one of our four locations (Main Library, Fairview, Montana, or Ocean Park) in order to extend your registration for another term.
Patrons with outstanding fines or fees on their account are required to pay their outstanding balance in full in order to renew their library privilege.
To keep our records current, we ask you to notify us when you move and to re-verify your address with suitable documentation.
Notify any Santa Monica Public Library location by phone or in person as soon as you notice your card has been lost or stolen so that we can block anyone else from using it. We will not hold you responsible for items that are checked out after you reported your card was lost or stolen, but you will be responsible for items checked out before that.
Stolen cards will be replaced at no charge when the patron presents a valid police theft report documenting the event. Cards that are damaged or worn to the point that they can no longer be read will also be replaced at no charge.
In keeping with the American Library Association's Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records and Policy Concerning Confidentiality of Personally Identifiable Information About Library Users and State of California Government Code Section 6267, Santa Monica Public Library staff will not respond to any informal request by a third party for personally identifiable information about any library user.
Personally identifiable information may be released only to a law enforcement agency after presentation of an order by a court of competent jurisdiction issued in proper form (a court issued subpoena or search warrant) and/or under the provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act. Under some circumstances librarians may be forbidden to disclose that certain records have been requested or obtained.
Except in cases of lost/stolen items or substantial unpaid fines, where we may use a collection agency, credit bureau, or law enforcement, client records will never be shared with private companies.
Library staff will collect only the information needed to contact library users, such as mailing address, email address, phone number, etc., in order to ensure the proper notification, lending, and return of library materials and the collection of fines. Records will be retained for the shortest length of time necessary to facilitate library operations.