Two Easy Ways to Get a Library Card!
Ecard Online Registration (English and Español)
Online applicants will receive a temporary number. The temporary number is valid for 30 days and allows you to place holds on up to (5) items in the library catalog and use the SLO Makerspace. It will also give you access to many of our digital resources available from OverDrive, and Cloud Library. Please appear in person with identification and proof of mailing address to obtain your library card with full borrowing privileges.
In compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, you must be 13 or older to complete this registration.
To obtain a permanent library card with full borrowing privileges you will need to visit a library in-person. You will need fill out and sign an application form and show current personal photo identification. Your library card can be used to check out physical and digital materials and access library databases.
Obtaining a County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries Card
Each borrower must have his/her own library card. Library cards are issued free with valid identification.
Cards for Adults (age 18 and above):
To obtain a library card with full borrowing privileges, fill out and sign an application form and show current personal photo identification with a current San Luis Obispo County address.
Acceptable forms of identification:
• Current California Driver's license with San Luis Obispo County address
• Current California Identification card (DMV non-driver identification card) with San Luis Obispo
• Government issued photo ID cards (including Military identification)
• University, college or school photo ID card from a local school
• Matricula Consular card
Acceptable forms of address verification (if San Luis Obispo County address is not on photo identification):
• Utility bill issued in last 30 days (electric, gas, cable, phone or water)
• Piece of mail with name and address with postmark no older than 30 days
• Vehicle registration or proof of insurance
• Bank statement or preprinted checks with your San Luis Obispo County address
• College Registration
• Voter Registration
Without a current verifiable San Luis Obispo County address, you may complete a postcard provided and mailed by the San Luis Obispo County Library to your County residence. Once you receive the postcard, return it to the library to receive full borrowing privileges.
Cards for Children under 13
Parent/legal guardian and child must be present at the library to have a library card issued to the child. The parent/legal guardian must sign the registration form after showing acceptable identification as listed above in order to obtain a card.
Cards for Teens 13 through 17
Teens can use their current middle school or high school student photo ID to obtain a library card. As an alternative to a school ID, they can use any form of identification as listed above. Parent/legal guardians are not required to be present for a teen to obtain a card.
A Welcome card will be issued to a library customer who has a valid California Driver’s License or California ID but does not have proof of a local San Luis Obispo County address. Welcome cards are limited to borrowing five items at any one time and are valid for one year. Welcome cards will also provide the user full digital privileges. To change a Welcome card to a card with full borrowing privileges, you may complete a postcard provided and mailed by the San Luis Obispo County Library to your County residence. Once you receive the postcard, return it to the library to receive full borrowing privileges.
Lost Cards or Replacement Cards:
For your protection, lost cards must be reported immediately. You are responsible for materials checked out on your card. Until the library is notified of a lost or stolen card, a library card is valid and the card holder is responsible for any lost or overdue materials and fees incurred.
When the lost card belongs to a child under age 18, the parent or legal guardian who signed the library card application is the responsible party.
Card holders must replace the card in person. There may be a $1 charge for each card replacement.