Using the Library

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The Santa Maria Public Library serves the community by providing access to information, offering professional assistance, materials, and programs that support life-long learning. Explore the website or come in to speak to a staff member to learn more about the programs and resources the library offers.

Library Cards

A library card is your gateway to the information and resources of the Santa Maria Public Library. Your card allows you to check out materials and resources, access online databases and register for programs.

The privacy of your transactions with the library are protected by California Government Code Section 6267.

 Library Card

Apply for a Library card online, or in person at any branch location




To apply for a card you must bring a valid government issued picture I.D. and a recent document or bill showing your current address (if not on the picture I.D.). Children under 18 must have a parent present to sign the library card application. You are financially responsible for library materials checked out with your card. Parents are responsible for children's fines and lost material charges.

Please report lost or stolen cards immediately. There is a $1.00 charge for replacement cards.

Borrowing Materials

The Santa Maria Public Library has a variety of materials available for use both in the library and to check out. Patrons can check out up to 50 items at any given time. Please stop by the service desk at any branch for additional details.

All materials are checked out for three weeks at a time. If there is not a hold by another library patron, items will automatically renew two days before the due date. There is a 5 renewal limit on all items. Additional information about the auto renew program can be found on the Black Gold website.

Overdue items are subject to a fine. Fines will be charged from the due date and apply every day the library is open.

Daily fines by item type

Fines for most items




Book Club in a Bag


**Fines, replacement charges, and check out limits are different for the Library of Things program. Please visit the Library of Things page for more information.

Finding Materials Using the Online Catalog 


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Santa Maria Public Library System is connected to other local libraries through the Black Gold System. The catalog above searches Santa Maria’s collection and the collections of other member libraries. Browsing the catalog on your mobile device is easy with the Black Gold App. Click here for more information on the app.

Place a Hold

 If the item you want is checked out, or not immediately available at your preferred library branch, you can place the hold yourself using the online catalog.

To use the online catalog:

  • Click the "request" button at the top of the screen for the title you wish to receive
  • Select the location where you want to pick up the item from the drop-down menu
  • Username is the complete barcode on your library card
  • Enter the password associated with your account (the default password is your last name)
  • Click the "Submit" button
  • You will be notified by email or telephone when the item is ready for pickup

Can’t find what you are looking for?

We’re here to help! Please call the Reference Desk at 805-925-0994, ext. 8562 to speak with a staff member who can help locate the resource you are looking for.

Library Meeting Rooms


Zip books service is temporarily unavailable while we await additional grant funding.  Please continue to check this page for updates. 

Zip Books is an alternative to traditional interlibrary loan .You may request a book, large print book, or an audiobook that is not available through the Santa Maria Public Library to be delivered to your home, free of charge. Once you have finished reading, return the book to the library and we will add it to our collection for others to enjoy.

To be eligible:

  • The book must be available through Amazon, and cost no more than $50 (pre-tax)
  • You must have a library card and the account must be in good standing, with no more than two outstanding Zip Books items.
  • Two (2) Zip Book can be ordered and in your possession at a time
  • Items requested must not be owned by Santa Maria, Orcutt, Guadalupe, Los Alamos, or Cuyama, or include new releases (within six months of publication date).