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Borrowing Library Materials

(619) 470-5820 

 

GETTING A LIBRARY CARD

Circulation DeskA library card gives borrowing and usage privileges at the library and provides remote access to the library’s online resources.  Library cards are required for checking out materials, using our computer center and have access to our study rooms.  Residents of California may obtain a library card upon presentation of a current picture ID and proof of address. 


Library Card Requirements

A library card will be issued upon presentation of the following:

Current Picture Identification 

  • Valid California Driver's License
  • California ID Card
  • Resident Alien Card
  • Military ID


Address Verification
(must include applicant's name)      

  • Mail postmarked within last 30 days
  • Rent Receipt
  • Utility Bill
  • Check Book
  • Car Registration

Parents or guardians must be present to sign application and show their ID and proof of address for teens and children under 18 years of age.

The National City Public Library is not connected with any other libraries in the San Diego County Area.  You may only use your card at the National City Public Library.

 

Types of Library Cards

Full Service Card
One of the following:

  • A current picture ID
  • Valid CA Driver’s License
  • California ID Card
  • Resident Alien Card
  • Military ID

and
one of the following to show
proof of address:

  • Rent Receipt
  • Utility Bill
  • Check Book
  • Car Registration

P.O. Box not accepted as
Proof of Address

Temporary Card
(limited to a 5 item checkout)
One of the following:

  • A current picture ID
  • Consular ID
  • Out of State License
  • Border Crosser Visa

and
one of the following to show
proof of address:

  • Rent Receipt
  • Utility Bill
  • Check Book
  • Car Registration

P.O. Box not accepted as 
Proof of Address

Computer Access Card
Computer Center &
Study Room Access Only

  • A current picture ID












 No Proof of Address required

Lost Cards

Please report lost or stolen cards immediately to the Circulation Desk at (619) 470-5820.

 

BORROWING PROCEDURES, LOAN PERIODS, AND ITEM LIMITS 

A National City Public Library card must be presented at all times to checkout materials.  Patrons are responsible for all materials loaned on their card.  Please notify the library promptly of any change of address or phone number.

Loan Periods

Books    
Books on Tape, Spoken Words, Playaways                                                          
Magazines  
Music CDs
Videos/DVDs/Test Reviewers
    28 days    
    28 days
    28 days
    14 days
     7 days

 

25 items may be borrowed at a time on a Full Privilege Card with the following restrictions:

Videos/DVDs (Feature Films maximum 3)                                                            
Spoken Words
Playaways
Music CDs
Test Reviewers
        6        
        3
        3
        3
        1

 

Renewals

All library materials EXCEPT Feature Films may be renewed ONE time.   Documentary Films, Test Reviewers, and Music CD's may be renewed for an additional 7 days, as long as the item is not on HOLD.  All other Items are renewed for 14 days.

Renewals can be made as follows:
At the Library
Items may be renewed in person.  You must have your library card with you. If no library card is presented a valid picture ID may be used to access you account.

Over the Phone
Library card number will be needed to renew items over the phone on date due.  If items you are renewing are overdue a fine will be posted to your account.

Online
You will need your library card number and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to access your account online.  If items are overdue renewals will not be processed.  If you need assistance, please contact the Circulation Desk at (619) 470-5820.

Fines and Fees

Overdue Fines per day/item
    - Adult            
    - Children and Young Adult 
    - Books on Tape   
    - Spoken Words, Playaways
    - Music CDs
    - DVDs
    - Test Reviewers    
                                                                                       
Lost or Damaged Material Replacement Fees                                                 
    - Periodicals   
    - Cataloged Paperbacks
    - Music CDs
    - Hard Cover Books
    - Audio Tapes
    - Videos/DVDs
    - Blu-ray
    - Playaways
    - Spoken Words    
Other Fees
     - Computer Access Card Replacement                                                                 
    - Full Privilege and Temporary Card Replacement

     
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