How can I get a library card?

You may apply for a library card at any Ventura County Library. The initial card is FREE. There is a $1.00 replacement fee for a lost card. Your card gives you borrowing privileges at all Ventura County Library locations.

NEW! as of March 2013: Apply for a library card online by clicking the View My Library Account menu item (or the View My Account tab when in the catalog), then click on the New User button.

Once you've completed the online form, you will be given a temporary number. The temporary number can be used to request items from the catalog. Your next step will be to visit a library location and receive your permanent card. Full Library privileges will be extended upon completion of the registration process. 
Please note: you must visit a library location one time to show identification and receive your card!

When you request an item and it is ready to be picked up at the Ventura County Library location you chose, a notice will be mailed to you at the address you have provided. An email notice will be sent to you if you have provided your email address on your library card application.

A parent or guardian's signature is required for applicants under the age of 18.

  • Library card application forms are available in both English and Spanish at any branch library. Complete the application form and present it with picture identification showing your current street address. (Driver's license is preferred. If you have just moved, a letter or bill with your current address in addition to your picture I.D. is acceptable.) A card will be prepared and given to you, and you may borrow items on the day you receive your new card.
  • Bring your library card whenever you visit the library. You will be able to use your card as identification if you borrow desk reference material or for use within the library for wi-fi or Internet computers. Your card also grants you access to the content of our online databases found on our eLibrary page.
  • You may be asked to update your address and contact information.
  • If your card is lost or stolen, please report it to a library staff member immediately. A block will be placed against your file so that no one else can use your lost card.