Library Cards

Library cards are not transferable, and are issued to an individual only. No family, group, or organization cards will be issued. All cards are subject to renewal. A temporary address does not meet requirements. Conditions for continued service may be modified at any time.


How to Obtain a Library Card

  1. Fill out a short application form available at the Circulation Desk of any San Leandro library branch.
  2. Bring a valid photo identification (see below).
  3. Bring a valid verification of residence (see below).
  4. For minors (under 14 years), a parent or legal guardian must be present when applying to sign the application and give permission for Internet access.

Acceptable Forms of Photo Identification

  • California Drivers License
  • California Identification Card
  • United States Passport
  • United States Military Identification
  • Student Body Identification Card

Acceptable Forms of Verification of Residence

  • Printed bank checks with current address
  • Paychecks with current printed address
  • Utility bills with current printed address
  • Rental agreements
  • Property tax statements, mortgage papers or escrow papers
  • Current automobile registration
  • Proof of temporary residence is not acceptable

Lost Cards


  • Each cardholder is responsible for all materials borrowed on his or her library account.
  • Report immediately a lost or stolen library card by calling the Main Library Circulation Desk at (510) 577-3970. The account will be blocked.
  • A photo identification and a payment of $3 will be required to obtain a replacement card.


Card Types

  • Resident - No Charge
    Permanent residents within the incorporated limits of the City of San Leandro are eligible for a free library card. A photo identification and verification of residence are required.
  • San Leandro Property Owner - No Charge
    Persons owning property within the incorporated limits of the City of San Leandro are eligible for a free library card. Limited to taxpayer, spouse and minor children. A photo identification and verification of residence are required.
  • San Leandro Student, K-12 - No Charge
    Any student enrolled at a kindergarten through 12th grade public or private school in the incorporated limits of the City of San Leandro or a designated school serving San Leandro residents may receive a free library card. Library card applications must be signed by a parent or legal guardian for anyone under the age of 14. To use the Internet, a parent must also sign a special permission form. Forms are available at the Circulation Desk. A verification of school enrollment is required.
  • San Leandro Teacher, K-12 - No Charge
    Any teacher teaching kindergarten through 12 grade at a public or private school in the incorporated limits of the City of San Leandro or a designated school serving San Leandro residents may receive a free library card. A photo identification and verification of employment at the school are required.
  • Non-Resident- $60 per year
    Individuals who do not live within the City of San Leandro, or who do not meet any of the above requirements must purchase a non-resident library card. Paid cards are valid for one year from the date of issue. All members of a family living at the same address are included. A photo identification and verification of residence are required.
  • Full-time, Non-Resident San Leandro Employee - $30 per year
    To qualify, you must work full-time (40 hours per week) within the incorporated limits of the City of San Leandro. Paid cards are valid for one year from the date of issue. Limited to worker only. A photo identification, verification of residence, and verification of full-time employment (i.e. paycheck stub) are required.