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Santa Barbara Public Library offers several different types of library cards for children and adults. Just want to use our digital content? Apply for an eCard. Don’t have a physical address yet? Our Welcome card allows you to use library resources.

  • As a reminder, you are responsible for all materials checked out on your card, and for all fees associated with your account. If you have $10 or more in fees on your account, you will no longer be able to use your card until the balance is below $10.
  • Your library card can’t be transferred to another person, so each individual should have their own card. Parents or guardians assume responsibility for juvenile cards, and can decide at what age a child may get their own library card.
  • Lost your card? Visit the library with a valid photo ID and we will issue you a replacement card. A replacement card fee of $2 will be added to your account.
  • Please also let us know if you change your mailing address, phone number or email address. We need your current information so you can use our self-checkout machines, and so we can let you know when your holds are ready for pickup or contact you about lost materials. 

eCard (for ages 13 & Up)

SBPL eCards give you access to digital collections. You can sign up for an SBPL eCard if you live in the Santa Barbara Public Library service area and do not already hold an SBPL Library Card. 

Complete an eCard application.

In compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, you must be 13 or older in order to complete this registration.

Internet Only Card - Internet Access

For the sole purpose of accessing public computers within the Library, and making reservations for using the computer. No borrowing privileges are associated with an Internet Only card. A valid Internet Only Library card may be obtained by showing personal ID which includes:

  • The applicant's name
  • A photograph of the applicant

Adult Card - All Access

  • Allows you to borrow books, movies, music, magazines and more from the Santa Barbara Public Library. This card also provides you free access to the digital collections.
  • Access computers on-site and make computer use reservations.
  • To receive an adult card, you must be 18 years of age or older and have valid identification and proof of your current mailing address.
  • SBPL cards are available to California residents, or to anyone with valid identification and a California mailing address.

Acceptable forms of personal identification are:

  • Driver’s License or Identification card
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • Resident Alien Card
  • Matricula Consular
  • International Student ID

Acceptable forms of address verification include any piece of mail with your name and address, in addition to a lease agreement, homeowner’s deed, or similar document.

If you do not have verification of your current mailing address, Library staff can mail you a proof of address postcard in the mail. Once you have received this SBPL postcard in the mail, you may obtain an all access library card.

  • You may complete the online application prior to visiting the library to obtain a library card, then show your ID and address verification document to staff to complete the process.

All Access cardholders can have up to 99 items checked out at a time and up to 20 holds at one time.

Teen Card - All Access

To receive a Teen card, you must be between 13 and 17 years of age. No proof of identification or proof of mailing address is required, but you must be able to provide a mailing address and the name of your legal guardian to sign up.

Teen cardholders can have up to 99 items checked out at a time and up to 20 holds at one time.

Juvenile Card - All Access

To receive a Juvenile card, you must be 12 years of age or younger. A parent or legal guardian must be present, and must show identification and proof of mailing address.

Juvenile cardholders can have up to 99 items checked out at a time and up to 20 holds at one time.

Student Success Library Card - Student Access

Hundreds of thousands of physical materials and extensive digital resources from the Santa Barbara Public Library are now available to students of the Santa Barbara Unified School District. For more information, please see the Student Success Library Cards web page.

Student Success cards can have up to 3 items checked out at one time.

Homebound Library Card

Patrons who are residents of the Santa Barbara Public Library service area and generally confined to their residence either temporarily, due to illness or accident, or permanently, due to age, disability or other mobility problems may apply for a Library Card with Homebound Status. More details are in the Homebound Library Card policy. Click here to fill out a Homebound Library Card Application.

Homebound card holders can have up to 10 items checked out at one time and up to 2 deliveries per month.

Welcome Card

Patrons who are unable to show proof of address due to not having a physical address may apply for a Welcome Card. This is a library card that allows check out of some physical materials and all digital materials for patrons with no verified address. To apply for a Welcome Card, please visit the library during our open hours and see a staff member. To apply for a Welcome Card, patrons will need to show a photo ID. Acceptable forms of photo IDs for Welcome Card signups are listed in the Welcome Card policy.

Welcome card holders can have 3 items checked out at one time and have up to 3 holds at one time.

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2021
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