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Grab 'n Go

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SBPL is offering limited Grab 'n Go services inside the Faulkner Gallery or branch meeting rooms. The first hour of service each day is reserved for vulnerable populations.

Grab 'n Go Schedule

Patrons may visit the library for 15 minutes to pick up their reserved items, or browse curated collections of popular materials inside the Faulkner Gallery at Central Library and meeting rooms at branch locations.

The first hour of service each day is reserved for vulnerable populations. We ask that patrons not in a high-risk category wait until later in the day to visit, if possible.

Learn the details of our safety protocols and procedures in our phased reopening plan in response to COVID-19.

Important information to know:

  • Patrons must have their Library card or state-issued ID to enter the building
  • Visits must be kept to 15 minutes or less
  • The number of patrons allowed at one time will be limited in order to ensure proper social distancing (6 household groups in the Faulkner Gallery, 1 household at branch locations)

Grab 'n Go Service Hours

In the event of inclement weather or power outages, Grab 'n Go may not be offered.

Central Library (Entrance is on Anapamu, through the construction gates)

  • Wednesday 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Thursday 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM

Carpinteria Library

  • Tuesday 2 PM - 5 PM
  • Thursday 2 PM - 5 PM
  • Saturday 10 AM - 1 PM

Eastside Library

  • Wednesday 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday 10 AM - 1 PM

Montecito Library

  • Tuesday 2 PM - 5 PM
  • Wednesday 2 PM - 5 PM
  • Thursday 10 AM - 1 PM

How to place requests for library items

  • Search the Library’s catalog at and place requests for items.
  • Log-in with your SBPL library card and select your SBPL pick-up location.
  • You can also call the Library at 805-962-7653 to request items on hold with library staff. Please have your library card number on hand. 
  • Or watch this instructional video for placing requests for Grab 'n Go pickup: 
  • You will receive a text, email, or phone message when your item(s) are ready for Grab 'n Go pickup. How you receive a notice is based on the preferences you selected in your Black Gold account.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will the Library be continuing Grab ‘n Go Services under the new Public Health Order?

A: Yes, Libraries may continue to operate under the guidelines for retail services, which limits buildings to less than 20% occupancy and does not allow eating or drinking on the premises. Our current policies and procedures exceed the requirements in the latest Public Health Order. We will also designate the first hour of each day of service for vulnerable populations, and ask other patrons to come during later times.

Q: I have a medical condition that prevents me from wearing a mask. Can I use Grab ‘n Go Services?

A: No. We will not admit anyone to the building without wearing a mask. However, we can assist you with accessing our digital collections, or you can apply for Homebound Status and receive books by mail. 

Q: I need a computer or internet access. Can you help?

A: Santa Barbara Public Library is now offering computer access at Eastside Library for 30 minute appointments Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 1 pm, and Fridays from 2 pm to 5 pm. Patrons will need to have a library card, or can apply for an internet only card in order to use the computer. Computer use will be limited to one 30 minute session a day, and patrons must follow all public health guidelines.

Last Updated: Apr 13, 2021
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