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Updates on Library Services

Thank you for your patience and support while the library has remained closed to the public. We have been working hard to support such critical services as SBPL Delivers, virtual storytimes and STEAM programs, as well as game nights for adults, career help via SBPL Works! - and more. 

As local public health officials have loosened restrictions, we are ready to begin phasing in additional library services. 

SBPL Delivers

  • We will be sunsetting SBPL Delivers at the end of the week of May 29th.
  • If you would like to request materials for delivery through the mail, please do so by 12 pm on Friday, May 29th.
  • Our last shipment will be June 1st.
  • SBPL Delivers was such a success, we are planning on developing a homebound service based on this model - we will announce the process soon! 

The Return of Holds 

  • Holds will be available in the catalog beginning June 3rd. Because SBPL patrons will only be able to place holds on materials from SBPL locations, the process will be a bit different — we will provide instructions in text and video to explain the new process, and are happy to assist you in placing holds for you over the phone, chat, or email.
  • Please log into your account and cancel any holds you no longer need or want. We also had to clear items on the holdshelf when we closed — if you still need an item you didn’t get, call or email us, and we can get you back in the top of the queue. 

Book Drops and Materials Return 

  • Starting the week of June 1st, we will reopen book drops for materials return on a limited schedule, to allow the items to be quarantined for 72 hours prior to handling and check in by staff in accordance with CDC and IMLS guidelines.
  • Central Library book drops will be open Mondays from 2:30-5:30 pm and Fridays from 10 am- 2 pm (or until full).
  • Eastside Library book drop will be open 10 am - 2 pm on Fridays,
  • Carpinteria and Montecito Library book drops will be open from 2:30-5:30 pm on Mondays.
  • Please, never force items through when book returns are closed - this breaks quarantine and damages materials.
  • In normal circumstances, we empty the book returns several times a day, and take in hundreds of items inside the library; our capacity to accept returns is now much more limited. Unless you have new releases or high demand items, feel free to hold on to them—items renew up to 5 times if no one has them on hold, and we never charge overdue fees. If you have items from another Black Gold Library jurisdiction, prioritize returning those so we can get them back to their home libraries. 

Sidewalk Service 

  • On June 8th, we will begin Sidewalk Service! Holds pickup will be available at Central Library from 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday, and 10:30 am - 2 pm on Fridays. We anticipate adding locations and additional times in the future. 
  • When you receive your notice that an item is available to pickup, instructions for pickup will be available at SBPLibrary.org/holds. Details will be available soon!
  • Holds pickup will be in front of the historic doors on Anapamu Street. You may park in the Granada garage and approach the Library. Once you let us know you have arrived, we will check out your materials, place them on a table, retreat, and let you pick them up. Masks or face covering are required, and please follow directions on signs and markers on where to wait to allow for proper social distancing.

Book Match for Kids and Teens

  • You can request a stack of hand-selected books for your voracious readings with the Library's Book Match for Kids and Teen service. 
  • You can request a "Quick-Pick" Bundle or a personalized recommendation bundle from the Book Match for Kids and Teens Request Form.  
  • Of course, we’re happy to answer questions via phone, chat, or email in order to help you place materials on hold, too.

Summer Reading 

  • Summer Reading is going to look a little different this year, but we’re still excited to celebrate reading and community with all of you. 
  • Sign up for our all ages reading challenge beginning June 1st! All kids and teens receive a free book for signing up, courtesy of the Friends of the Library, and all ages will be entered into a prize drawing for thousands of dollars in local gift cards, including Rori’s Ice Cream, Chaucer’s Bookstore, The Book Den, Chicken Little, Dune, and more — thanks to the generous donations of library supporters.

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