All libraries are closed Thursday & Friday 11/26 & 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday
Wednesday 11/25, all branches close early at 5pm

Book drops, phone service, and walk up holds pick up are available at all 12 VCL locations!
More information about walk up holds pick up here.

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.

Get a temporary card

Get a permanent card 

  • During the pandemic - Call your local library or speak with staff during walk-up service hours for instructions on getting a permanent card. Please note that the procedure for obtaining a card may be different during this time.
    • Please note, no paper applications will be available at holds pick up. You must first create a library card online or over the phone. 
  • Bring your library card whenever you visit the library. You will be able to use your card as identification if you borrow desk research material or for use within the library for 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.

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 notification will be sent to you if you have provided your email address on your library card application. 

 

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