Library Cards

Policy | Borrower's Agreement | Apply for a Card Online | Apply for or Renew a Card | Library Account Policies | Library Account PIN | Homebound Patrons | Contact

Important Update

As of March 1, 2021, the San Leandro Public Library has eliminated its fee card policy. This means that any California resident can apply for and receive a San Leandro Public Library Card. To learn how to apply online, click here.


The Library issues free Library cards to anyone residing in California.


Library cardholders agree to obey the rules and regulations of the San Leandro Public Library and to abide by the borrower’s agreement.


Library card and borrowing regulations may change as needed to respond to community needs. 

Borrower's Agreement

The Library cardholder may borrow circulating Library materials, use the Library's Internet stations, and access electronic resources and materials.

A Library card is issued to an individual, who agrees to: 

  • Be the sole card user. 
  • Accept responsibility for any card use and fines or fees. 
  • Present card for transactions. 
  • Report missing card or address, phone, or email change. 

Parents or guardians of cardholders under the age of 18 are responsible for the above. 

Apply for a Card Online

The San Leandro Public Library is excited to announce our new Online Library Card Application! You can now fill out a simple form and get instant access with your temporary library barcode.


This barcode is temporary, so please plan a visit during our limited hours to the Main Library to show your picture ID and get a permanent library card!


How to apply for a card online


  1.  Visit our online catalogIf you need to fill out the form in Spanish or Chinese, please change the language in the upper right-hand corner before moving on to step 2.
  2.  Click on the “Apply for a card today!” image on the left-hand side of the screen.
  3.  Fill out the form completely and click “Register” when you are finished.

  4.  The confirmation page will list your temporary barcode and your library PIN is the last four digits of your phone number you used on your application. Please make sure to write your barcode down if you want instant access to our online eBook collection.

  5.  Visit the Main Library during our Limited Reopening hours with your picture ID to verify your account and receive a permanent library card.

  6.  Questions? Email our Circulation Department (


Apply for or Renew a Library Card


Visit any library location, complete a short online application (for a new card only), and present the following:


A valid California ID with current residence address.

OR, one item from EACH of the following two lists:


  • Current Photo ID for Name Verification:
    • California ID (if address listed on ID is not current) 
    • Passport
    • Green Card
    • Military ID
    • School-Issued Student ID
    • Employee ID Card
    • Out-of-state Driver's License
    • Credit Card with Photograph

  • Current Address Verification (must include name and California residential address):
    • Mail postmarked within the last 30 days
    • An auto registration dated within the past year
    • Current utility bill dated within the last 30 days (may be presented in paper or on a mobile device)

Please note: Library card applications for children ages 4 to 13 must be submitted and signed in person by a parent or guardian. The child or children must be present. The signature grants permission to the San Leandro Public Library to issue a library card and allow the minor access to the library’s computers. 

If you would like to make the process quicker, please review the Online Library card application process above and apply online before visiting our Main Library.

Library Account Policies

More information coming soon!

Library Account PIN

Your library account PIN is the last four digits of the phone number you supplied when you applied for your library card. If you are unsure of your PIN, or need to update you PIN, please email for assistance. 

Homebound Patrons

Homebound patrons may authorize use of their library card by filling out an authorization form: San Leandro Public Library Authorization form

  • The library card holder is responsible for all transactions charged to their library account, included but not limited to all fines and fees (for example, charges for overdue, lost, or damaged materials) as is noted on the back of the San Leandro Public Library card and to which they agreed to when they received and signed their library card.
  • The authorization of use is valid until either the library card holder cancels this request, or the library account expires.  The library card holder is responsible for alerting the library if they wish to revoke this privilege at any time.
  • The authorized person must provide a valid photo ID each time they come to checkout library materials.


If you need any assistance with your library account, please email or call 510-577-3971 during Virtual Information Service hours.