Using the Library

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Thank you for your patience! The Library’s computer system migration is now complete! To search the catalog, visit

Passwords have been reset to the last four digits of the phone number on file. If you are unable to access your account, call the Library’s account services desk.  

Automatic renewals are reinstated for all items borrowed after April 25.

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.

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 


Search and Hold REV

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.

Place a Hold

To place a hold, visit

  • Search for title
  • Click the blue “place hold” button
  • Enter library barcode and password. Passwords have been reset to the last four digits of your phone number.
  • Select the pick up location
  • Click “Submit Hold Request.
  • Notification will be sent once 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.


The Library’s Zip Books Program is an alternative to obtaining books and audiobooks not available at the Library.  Click here to complete the form to request titles not owned by the Library.