Public Library Policies

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The mission of the Santa Maria Public Library is to inspire lifelong learning, embracing and strengthening our diverse community through free and equal access to information, knowledge and ideas.

Click the links below to view/download PDF versions of the Santa Maria Public Library's policies:

Art Gallery Policy
Art Gallery Application 2016
Art Gallery FAQs
Chromebooks Policy/Borrower Agreement
Collection Development Policy
Dependent of the Court Library Card Policy
Display Case Policy
Display Case Application
Foster Child Library Card Policy
Internet Safety Policy
Makerspace Policy
Meeting Room Use Application & Interactive Meeting Room ApplicationShepard Hall Video Services
Programming Policy & Apply and Suggest a Library Program
Public Computer Use Policy
Public Notice Areas (bulletin boards)
Rules of Conduct and Exclusion Process at the Library  Reglas de Conducta Biblioteca Publica de Santa Maria y Sucursales
Study Room Use Policy
Unattended Children Policy
Use of Patron-Supplied Computers and Electronic Devices at the Library
Volunteer Manual

Shepard Hall is located just off the lobby of the Santa Maria Public Library. This popular, pleasantly illuminated large room is used for numerous meetings, and features monthly art exhibitions by local and regional artists.

Shepard Hall is available for rental reservations. You may call the Library at 925-0994 ext. 2321 to inquire about availability and seating layouts. The maximum room capacity is 150 persons (standing) and up to 120 persons with chairs. 

Below are photos of Shepard Hall, depicting walls and adjustable track hanging system for displaying larger artwork.



Obtain your Black Gold Cooperative Library System Library Card.
The first one is FREE!

You must bring your library card or the ID used to sign up for the card, to check out library materials. This card may be used at the following libraries and their branches: Santa Maria Public Library, Lompoc Public Library, Santa Barbara Public Library, San Luis Obispo City/County Library, Blanchard Public Library and Paso Robles Public Library.

Please report lost or stolen cards immediately! You are financially responsible for library materials checked out with your card. There is a $1.00 charge for replacement cards.

Adults must bring a valid government issued picture I.D and something showing their current address (if not on the picture I.D.) in order to apply for a card.

Children (under 18) must have a parent present to sign the library card application. Parents are responsible for children's fines and lost material charges.

Apply online!
Once your application is processed you will be emailed your library barcode number and then you can access online databases and reserve materials. Please read the application form carefully to understand the restrictions and requirements for activation.

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Your library card is your key to borrowing books, audio books, DVDs, compact discs, videos etc. at Santa Maria Public Library. Just present your card and library materials to the staff at the circulation desk. The privacy of your transaction with the library is protected by California Government Code Section 6267.

Don't want to wait in line? You can also check out books yourself with our "express self check out system"!

You may be blocked from check out for excessive fines, overdue items, or other notations on your account. In this event, go to the Registration Desk.

You may renew books and other library materials twice if there are no holds on the items. You can also renew items using the online library catalog under the "view your own record" option, or by calling (800) 354-9660.

You are responsible for:

  • Returning borrowed materials within the check out period or paying a fine.
  • Returning materials except videos and rental books within the three week check out period.
  • Returning rental DVD's within three days.
  • Returning videos within seven days.
  • Returning rental books within one week.
  • Reimbursing the library for lost or damaged materials.

Parents or guardians are financially responsible for items checked out on cards of their children 17 years of age or younger.