Alhambra Civic Center Library

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Borrowing Information


Any California resident can apply for a free Library card. Complete an application form and present a valid photo identification (Driver's license or government issued ID, Passport, or Student ID) and proof of your current address (utility bill, rent receipt, etc.) at the Circulation Desk.


In addition to the requirements above, the following are required for special cards:

Temporary Digital cards:  Alhambra residents can apply for a temporary digital card to access our online resources.  The temporary digital card is valid for six months and is renewable.  You will not be able to checkout or place physical materials on hold. To receive a permanent card, you must present proof of address and your California photo ID in person at the Library's Circulation Desk.

Teacher cards: Proof of teaching employment (employee I.D., Pay Stub, or Letter of request on school/agency letterhead), and teach in Alhambra.

Children’s cards: Children from preschool through 8th grade must have a parent or legal guardian present to sign the application.

Visitor cards: Persons living outside the state of California can obtain a Visitor Card, valid up to 3 months. They must complete an application, provide photo I.D., proof of local temporary address, and of permanent address.

Computer Use Only cards: Patrons without proof of current address can obtain a “Computer Use Only” card upon presentation of photo I.D. This card provides immediate access to the Library computers and Internet access, valid up to six months. There are no borrowing privileges associated with this card. You may change this card to a Library card with full borrowing and computer/Internet privileges once proper identification and proof of address is provided.



Present your Alhambra Civic Center Library card each time you borrow materials. Your card cannot be used by anyone else.

  • Report a lost card or change of address immediately.
  • You are responsible for all items and fines/fees associated with your card and any child cards on which you have signed as parent/guardian. 
  • To avoid fines, return all items promptly. If you have fees exceeding $2.00, you will be notified when you check out materials and will be unable to use Library computers or check out eBooks until the fine is below $2.00.
  • You can return any item 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using one of our drop-boxes.  A walk-up box is located on the 1st Street side of the building, between the Library and City Hall.  A drive-up box is located on 2nd Street, just after the entrance to the Library's parking structure.


 Fiction and Non Fiction Borrowing Limits:

  • 5 items per author or subject
  • 5 items by format or collection (Genre, Audio, DVDs, etc.)
  • 25 items checked out at a time

 Teacher Card Limits:

  • 30 items per teacher card (fines are accrued for late items), limited to 5 books per author and/or subject.
  • 6 week loan period
  • Loans are subject to approval by the Children's Librarian 


  • Books, Audio Materials, and Educational DVDs: 21 day Free Loan
  • Renewable up to two times, as long as there are no pending holds


  • Children's Items: $0.15 per day, per item
  • Adult and YA Items: $0.25 per day, per item


General collection books and audio materials can be renewed two times for an additional 21 days each time unless another patron has placed a hold on that item. 

Overdue items can only be renewed in person at the Library. 

Renew general collection books and audio materials by logging into your account on the Library Catalog. Please note that you will need your Library card number and 4-digit Library PIN or telephone number.  


Holds/Reserves:  Holds are free to place; however, if the item is not picked up within 7 days of notification, a fee of $0.50 per item (non-refundable) will be charged and the item(s) will be returned to the shelf. 

To place holds/reserves online: 

  • Log into your account in the Library Catalog 
  • Search for the item in the catalog and click on the "reserve this item" button. 
  • To manage your reserves, click on the"My account" button after logging in.  Then click on the "Reserves/Requests" tab.
  • Holds expire 7 days after initial notification.
To place holds/reserves over the phone, please call the Reference Desk at (626) 570-3212 during Library hours.  


If you have lost a Library item or if you believe an overdue item was returned, contact the Circulation Department at (626) 570-5028. The Library will assist you in locating missing items.  

Lost/Damaged Items:

  • Items not returned will be billed for the replacement cost plus a $10.50 processing fee. Damaged items will be billed for the cost of repair if possible, or for a replacement and processing fee.
  • Collection Agency: Items not returned in 60 days are referred to the city’s collection agency. A $16.00 collection fee will be assessed for recovery costs.

Lost/Damaged Card:

  • There is a $2.50 fee to replace a lost or damaged card.

Expired Card:

  • Library cards expire after 3 years; expired cards can be renewed at the Circulation Desk.