Library Card Membership
Permanent residents of the State of California may obtain a library card with full privileges for no charge. Out-of-state residents or patrons that cannot provide full documentation can still receive cards with limited access.
How to Obtain a Library Card
- Please bring a valid photo ID (driver's license, school ID, or government-issued card) to any Huntington Beach Public Library location. Digital or photocopies are accepted. All library cards are issued in person. A photo ID is required for all library cards.
- Show one item (see list below) with your name and current address.
- For minors under the age of 13, parental information is required. A parent or guardian (with official documentation) must be present when applying and signing for a card.
- Teens ages 13 - 17 may apply for a Teen Card with a valid school ID, driver's license, or government-issued ID card. When applying and signing for a Teen Card, the presence of a parent or guardian is not required.
- Patrons without proof of address, but with a photo ID, may apply for an e-card, which provides access to the computer lab and online resources, but does not permit physical checkouts.
- Temporary residents with out-of-state licenses can apply for a short-term visitor's card which is limited to 5 checkouts and provides access to all online resources.
- Cards are non-transferable and will be issued to an individual only. No family, group, or organization cards will be issued.
Acceptable Forms of Identification
- State Drivers License (digital images and photocopies accepted)
- Printed Checks from a checkbook
- Paychecks with address printed on them within the last 60 days.
- Utility bills with address printed on it within the last 60 days.
- Credit card bills within the last 60 days.
- Bills of any type that have been mailed by an institution within the last 60 days.
- Mail from a college, business or institution within the last 60 days. (No personal mail or postcards)
- Rental agreements
- Escrow papers, property tax statements or mortgage papers
- Current magazines mailed to the applicant within the last 60 days.
- Current insurance cards that have the address printed on them
- Current car registration
Change of Address or Phone Number
If you have changed your address since applying for a library card, please come in person and bring proof of your new address. If your card has expired and your address has not changed, you can renew your library account over the phone by verifying your account information. Call (714) 842-4481 to renew.
To keep records current, the library sets a 5-year expiration for all library cards.
To continue library services once the card expires, bring in your library card, a photo ID and proof of your current address. Your current card will be reactivated. A replacement fee is charged for lost cards.
Lost or Stolen Library Cards
Please call the library immediately if your library card is ever out of your possession. You are responsible for all charges and materials on your card until you notify the library that the card is lost. You may replace a lost or stolen card at any HBPL location by showing a valid photo ID, proof of current address, and paying a replacement fee.