You must be a California resident to register for a library card. After completing the library card application available at online or at any Torrance Library location, you will need to present photo identification and proof of your current address, such as a California Driver's License or California State ID. Photo ID without a current address must be accompanied by printed personal mail postmarked within two weeks.
Once you have completed the online application, you will need to visit one of the Library's six locations to pick up your card. You will need to present photo identification and proof of your current address, such as a California Driver's License or California State ID. Photo ID without a current address must be accompanied by printed personal mail postmarked within two weeks.
Library cards are valid for three years and can be renewed at no charge when you bring in your existing library card to any Torrance Library
Can my child apply for a library card?
The Torrance Public Library encourages all youth under 18 to obtain their own library card. A child can apply for his or her own Torrance Public Library Card when a parent or adult guardian believes the child can handle all the responsibilities that having a card entails. A parent or an adult caregiver must agree to assume all responsibility for materials borrowed by the minor under 18.
A parent/guardian must present photo identification that includes a parent's or guardian's name and current address, such as a California Driver's License or California State ID. Photo ID without a current address must be accompanied by personal mail postmarked within two weeks.
Juvenile library card holders are able to borrow books, magazines, CDs, Read-alongs and books on CD, and have access to the Torrance Public Library's databases. An additional benefit for juvenile library card holders is the use of the Torrance Public Library's Homework Center computers located at Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, North Torrance Library, and Southeast Library.
Can I get a library card for my foster child?
Foster caregivers may sign their foster children (under 18) up for a special Foster Child Library Card which will not be charged overdue fees for library materials returned after the due date. Children and young adults must be participants in the DCFS Los Angeles County, Out of Home Care (OHC) system. Besides providing the typical proof of identity (please see "How do I apply for a library card?"), foster caregivers must also provide one of the following DCFS documents: Agency-Relative Caregiver's Declarations and Agreement, or Agency Group Home Agreement.
I have a library card with a library other than the Torrance Public Library; can I use it at the Torrance Library?
No, patrons must have a current Torrance Public Library card in order to check out materials.
Check Your Account
Check your account online
Library Card Account - To check your account online, from the Library's home page click on the Catalog link and then My Account at the top of the screen. You will be prompted for your library card number and PIN.
Check your account over the phone
You may check your account by phone by calling 310-618-5969 during open hours, please have your Library card number and PIN (personal identification number; the last four digits of your phone number).
To renew by phone, including hours when the Library is closed, telephone 310-618-2785 and select option 1 for the Library's automated features from a touch-tone phone. You must have your Library card number and PIN (the last four digits of the telephone number you provided to the Library when you registered).
Smartphone and Tablet Apps
You may also manage your account from one of the following smartphone and tablet apps:
Torrance Public Library App
The mobile app for Torrance Public Library, lets you locate and search your library catalog wherever you are. If you are a library card holder in and of the Torrance Public Library below, you can locate books, movies, music and more with easy search features designed for Mobile devices.
BookMyne basic is a free SirsiDynix Smartphone and Tablet App. Download it from the App Store for free. Once you have downloaded the App on your device, the phone's GPS will find BookMyne-compatible libraries near you. You can also search Libraries by name. After selecting one of the Torrance Libraries, you can log in with your Library Card Number and PIN and perform basic catalog and account functions (search the catalog, place holds, check your account, and renew materials). Provide me with feedback if you have any.
Library Fines and Fees
Library cards are valid for three years and can be renewed at no charge
|Temporary card (if you forget your card and staff has to look up your card number for you)||.50 cents|
|Replacement of lost/stolen/misplaced library card||$5.00|
|Damaged library card||No Charge|
|Requests/holds (for materials owned by Torrance Public Library)||Adult - .75 cents; Juvenile - .15 cents|
|Requests (Inter-library loan)||$5.00 - per material|
|Overdue fines||.30 cents/day adult and juvenile items
$2.00/day for all videos and DVDs
|Processing fee for lost items||$10.00|
|Photocopy, Printer, and Microfiche reader printers||.15 cents per page (.50 for color)|
|Typewriters (you must bring your own paper)||.25 cents for 20 minutes|