Get a Library Card

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You must be a California resident to register for a library card.  After completing the library card application available at any Torrance Public 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.

You may also complete a library card application online available on the Torrance Public Library website. 

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.