Your Santa Monica Public Library card is the gateway to
borrowing/requesting library materials, accessing premium research databases,
reserving library study rooms, and exploring the World Wide Web on the library's
1. Complete a Library Card Application (versión en español). Applications for children under age 12 must be signed by a parent or legal guardian and both the child and the parent/guardian must be present at the time of application.
2. Present the required documents (expired or photocopied documents are not acceptable):
3. Enjoy the benefits of your library card.
Renewing Your Library Card
Library cards are renewed annually to ensure that the contact information on file is accurate and current. You will need to present a valid photo ID and proof of current residence at one of our five locations.
Members with outstanding fines or fees on their account are required to pay the balance in full in order to renew their library privileges. There is a $25 annual membership fee for California residents who reside outside of Santa Monica and those without sufficient proof of a Santa Monica residential address.
Any person who has your card may use it to check out items from the library. Keep your card safe and be aware that you are responsible for everything that is checked out on your account.
Cards cannot be borrowed or shared amongst users for the purpose of using Internet stations.
Notify the library by phone or in person as soon as you notice your card has been lost or stolen so that we can block your card from being used. Members are responsible for items checked out before the card has been reported lost or stolen. Replacements for lost cards are subject to a fee.
NOTE: Stolen cards will be replaced at no charge when the member 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.