Library Cards


Library Card Application & Renewal


To Apply For A Library Card:


Bring the necessary documents


Bring two documents that verify current address to any library location. The first document must be a current photo ID (see below). The second document is an address verification document (see below) and it must be dated within the past 90 days. The address listed on the two documents must match.


Complete a short application.


A parent or legal guardian must be present to sign a minor's application. Minors are children under 14 years of age. The signature grants permission to the San Leandro Public Library to issue a a library card and allow the minor access to the library's computers.


To Renew A Library Card:


Bring two documents that verify current address to any library location. The first document must be a current photo ID (see below). The second address verification document (see below) must be dated within the last 90 days. The address listed on the two documents must match. All library cards must be renewed on a regular basis.

Acceptable Photo IDs


  • California Driver's License
  • California Identification Card
  • United States Passport
  • United States Military Identification
  • Student Body Identification Card

Acceptable Address Verification Documents


  • Printed (not handwritten) bills in hardcopy or digital format
  • Current automobile registration

Lost Cards


Each cardholder is responsible for all materials borrowed on his or her library account. Library cardholders agree to immediately report a lost or stolen library card by calling the Main Library Circulation Desk at (510) 577-3970. The account will be blocked. 

A photo ID and a payment of $3.00 will be required to obtain a replacement card.


Card Regulations


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. Conditions for continued service may be modified at any time.


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 to obtain or renew a library card.

San Leandro Property Owner - No Charge
Persons owning property within the incorporated limits of the City of San Leandro are eligible for free library cards. Limited to taxpayer, spouse and minor children. A photo identification and verification of residence and current verification of property ownership within the incorporated city limits are required to obtain or renew a library card.

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, including the granting of permission to use the computer, must be signed by a parent or legal guardian for anyone under the age of 14. A verification of school enrollment is required to obtain or renew a library card.

San Leandro Teacher, K-12 - No Charge
Any teacher teaching Kindergarten through 12th 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 to obtain or renew a library card.

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 to obtain or renew a library card.

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 to obtain or renew a library card.