A Library Card

Library cards will be issued in-person and by e-mail. Adults can get a library card by emailing a completed library card application(PDF, 537KB) and a photocopy/scan/photo of their state-issued ID bearing a current address to library@southpasadenaca.gov. For children (ages 0 to 12) and teens (ages 13-17) parents or legal guardians should complete applications and email them along with a photocopy of the responsible parent/guardian’s state-issued ID. A valid email address should be provided for each applicant in order to receive important information about the cardholder's account, including due date reminder notices and auto renewal notices.

General Information

Anyone who wishes to borrow materials from the South Pasadena Public Library is required to have a South Pasadena Public Library card. South Pasadena residency is not required. There is no charge for a first-time library card.

Each library card applicant or the parent or guardian must complete and sign a library card application. Adults must present valid identification with verification of current address. A parent or legal guardian must sign a minor's application as well. Download the Library Card Application(PDF, 537KB) .

Examples of acceptable forms of identification are a valid driver’s license, a current California State ID card, an up-to-date student body card, and an active military ID card.

Proof of Address:
If the acceptable form of ID presented does not contain a current address, documentation verifying current address needs to be combined with the ID. Examples of documentation bearing the applicant’s name that can be used to verify a current address are a recent rent receipt, pre-printed personal checks, and a recently postmarked letter delivered by U.S. Mail.

No Limitations:
If acceptable ID is shown at the time of application, the borrower's card will be issued and can be used immediately without limitations.

Borrowers Under 18:
Minors of any age are eligible for a library card in their own name as long as a parent or legal guardian completes and signs the application and shows ID with proof of current address at the time of application. By signing the application the parent or legal guardian accepts responsibility for all material checked out on the minor’s card.

Teachers and Classes:
Teachers with School ID can apply for Educator Cards that permit longer loan periods and extended borrowing limits. Teachers scheduling class visits are encouraged to consult with a Children’s Librarian beforehand about the guidelines for registering multiple students with parent/legal guardian signed applications during the visit.

Signature Statement -- Library Card Application:
"I agree to comply with the rules of the South Pasadena Public Library and to accept financial responsibility for all items borrowed on this card.”

Replacement Cards:
Cards whose barcodes cannot be read due to wear will be replaced free of charge.

Lost or Stolen:
Library cards should be safeguarded as would a credit card. Lost or stolen cards should be reported to the library immediately. Once reported, a block will promptly be placed on a missing card. A new card will be needed in order to check out materials.