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Why did my library privileges expire?

Last Updated: Aug 09, 2010  |  1215 Views

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Library privileges expire every two years. To renew, you need to verify your name and address the next time you visit the library.


Library card holders will be asked to verify their name and address by showing:
   A California Driver's License,
   Identification Card, or 
   Other official photo ID, such as a passport or Resident Alien Card.   

If your identification does not display your current address, the following
forms of address verification are acceptable:  
   A rent receipt for the current month,
   An unopened envelope of a recent piece of mail addressed to you, or 
   A preprinted check that display your new address.   

If you have questions, please contact the library at 619-236-5800.

Answered by Philip GundersonBookmark and Share

Other Answers / Comments (5)

  1. Why can't I renew my library card online?
    by carol on Jun 18, 2014.
  2. With few exceptions, San Diego Public Library cards are solely for California State residents. To verify you still qualify for an account, the library needs to verify your address.
    by Philip on Jun 19, 2014.
  3. Again--why can't we renew online? Answer 2 is silly--why would anyone who is not resident of this area find it convenient to check out items from this library as opposed to the one where they live? Because of this strange rule, I now have to visit the library twice--once to renew and once when the book I want actually arrives from the other library location. Thanks SDPL!
    by Chris on Sep 24, 2017.
  4. In addition to verifying eligibility for a San Diego Public Library card, your current address needs to be verified for billing purposes in the event checked out materials are not returned.
    by Philip on Sep 25, 2017.
  5. I'm with Chris and Carol above. Why can't I renew my card online? If i have lived in the same place for 7 years, can't you just take my word that my address hasn't changed? Now, I can't download an E-book like I was hoping to do. It's not like you're open at 1:30 in the morning to verify my address. Grrr.
    by Toni Shelton on Nov 19, 2018.

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