Getting a Library Card
To get a Library card you must have a government-issued ID with your name and current mailing address. In most cases, this would be your driver's license. If your ID does not have your current mailing address, a second piece of identification with current address, such as a bill or bank statement, will be needed. A parent or legal guardian must accompany children under 18 years of age wishing to get a card. Library card privileges, including confidentiality protection, are the same for children and adults. Your first library card is free! Should you lose or damage it, a $1.00 fee will be charged for each replacement. Please report lost or stolen cards immediately, as you are responsible for all materials checked out on your card.
Your library card may be used at all public libraries in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, and at the Santa Paula Public Library.
Most books, periodicals, DVDs and CDs are due 3 weeks from the day they are checked out. Most items may be returned to any Black Gold library, in person or to a book drop. Overdue fines for books, periodicals, Books on CDs, and music CDs are $.50 per day per item/$16 maximum. However, overdue fines for DVDs are $2.00 per day/$16 maximum.
7 day check outs include MiFi devices, special loan books, such as encyclopedias, and Express books. Fines and fees vary per type of material; check with library staff.
The fee schedule for lost or damaged items is adopted by the City Council and updated annually. Current fees are:
|Replacement Material:||Fee per item:|
|Adult Non-Fiction Books:||$40|
|Adult Fiction Books||$35|
|Juvenile Non-Fiction Books:||$25|
|Juvenile Fiction Books:||$25|
|Books on CD Sets:||$10 per disc|
|Repair Material:||Fee per item:|
Library items will be automatically renewed 2 days before the due date as long as no holds have been placed on them by other library customers. Items may be renewed a maximum of 3 times.
To renew by phone: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, use the Library’s automated renewal system. You will need to have the complete barcode number from your Library card and the items to be renewed. Dial the toll-free number 800-354-9660 from anywhere in the 805 area code and follow the instructions.
To renew via the Internet:
Again, you must have the complete barcode number from your Library card and your PIN. Click on "View Your Record" to access your record and learn which items you have checked out, when they’re due back, request renewals, see whether you have any fines to pay, check on any titles you may have on hold, and more.
Of course, you may always come into the Library to renew your items; please bring your Library card with you.
You may search for and place a hold on materials by using the online library catalog. Each library card is limited to 10 holds. Charges may apply if the item reserved comes from outside the Black Gold Cooperative Library System. You will be notified by email, telephone, text message, or printed notice when the item you ordered is in. Items on hold are held for 7 business days.
For that hard-to-find item not owned by the Black Gold Library System, visit the Reference Desk and we will search a national database for your item (average cost is $2.00 per item). Inter-library loan items check out for 3 weeks but cannot be renewed online or over the telephone. They must be brought in at the end of their check out period.
Although the Library buys copies of bestsellers for the regular collection, sometimes the waiting list can be long. The Express program provides an alternative to reserving a popular title, makind a variety of Bestsellers availabe on a first-come, first-served basis for a 7 day check-out. Express books cannot be held or renewed online or over the telephone. They must be brought in at the end of their check out period.
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