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Answers to Questions - Goleta Branch Becoming a City Library

Read the press release of the Goleta Library Transition here

Q. What is happening to the Goleta Branch Library?

A. Currently, the Goleta Library is operated as a branch of the Santa Barbara Public Library. Library operations are being transferred to the City of Goleta, and on July 1, 2018, the library will open as the Goleta Valley Library.


Q. How will this impact me?

A. If you are a Santa Barbara Public Library patron currently registered to the Goleta branch library, you will need to visit the library or any other Santa Barbara Public Library location, to update your account and receive a new free Goleta Valley Library Card.

This is because both the Santa Barbara Public Library System and the Goleta Valley Library are members of the Black Gold Cooperative Library System which only allows cardholders in one member jurisdiction. Due to this one-card policy, a temporary block on all current registered Goleta library users will be placed effective May 1st to facilitate the receipt of new cards.

Q. Do I have to get a Goleta Valley Library Card?

A. If you live in Goleta, Isla Vista, or are a regular user of the Goleta branch it is highly recommended you get a Goleta Valley Library card.


Q. Will this impact what materials I will have access to?

A. As a member of the Black Gold Cooperative Library System, you will still have access to that full print collection.  Each jurisdiction within Black Gold provides access to separate online content. You will need to check with the Goleta Valley Library.


Q. I am a Goleta resident and I want to keep my SBPL card.  What do I need to know?

A.  You are welcome to stay an SBPL cardholder. You should know, it is our policy that if you are an SBPL cardholder you must pick up all holds at an SBPL location (see below for list).  Therefore, if you are an SBPL cardholder after June 30, 2018, you will not be able to pick up holds at the Goleta Valley Library.


Q. Where can I get a Goleta Valley Library Card?

A. You may get a Goleta Valley Library Card at the Goleta Library, or at any branch of the Santa Barbara Public Library through June 30, 2018, during regular hours.


Branches of the Santa Barbara Public Library are:

Buellton Library, 140 West Highway 246, Buellton

Carpinteria Library, 5141 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria

Central Library, 40 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara

Eastside Library, 1102 East Montecito Street, Santa Barbara

Los Olivos Library, 2374 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos

Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Rd., Montecito

Santa Ynez Library, 3598 Sagunto, Santa Ynez

Solvang Library, 1745 Mission Drive, Solvang

Q. Can I replace my card online or over the phone?

A. You must replace your library card in person.


Q. Do I need to bring anything with me to replace my card?

A. You will need to confirm your identity. Please bring a picture ID.

Q. Do I need to have my old card with me to have it replaced?

A. No, but your old card must be destroyed as it will no longer work. (After you have transferred your eCheckouts, if applicable)

Q. May I replace someone else’s card for them?

You may not replace a card for another adult. Parents who are authorized on their children’s accounts may replace cards for their children.


Q. How do I update my card if I use the library’s digital resources?

A. If you are a user of the library’s Black Gold app, you can log out of the app, and re-sign in as a Goleta library patron with your new Goleta Valley Library card number, or delete and reinstall the app. If you are an Overdrive user, you can follow these instructions on contacting Overdrive support to modify your card number.


Q. Why is this transition happening?

A. Questions about the transition can be directed to Allison Gray, director of the Goleta Valley Library, at or 805-562-5502.

Last Updated: Dec 22, 2017
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