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Who can get a library card?

Any person may get a library card with a legal photo ID and proof of residence.

Any person without proof of residence may still get an Internet-use-only card but may not borrow materials.


What do I need to get a full service library card?

With a full service library card you can: 

To get a full service library card, visit the Library to fill out a Library Card Application. Please bring a legal photo ID with proof of residence.

Acceptable forms of ID:

  • Valid Driver's License
  • California ID card
  • Resident Alien card
  • Military ID
  • Passport

Parents or guardians must sign application and show their ID for children and teens under 18 years of age.


Can't get to the Library but still want to take advantage of our services?

Sign up for an Online Services Library Card. As an online registrant, you will be able to:

  • request library materials
  • check out eBooks
  • access our research databases

In order to check out physical items, please bring legal photo ID and proof of residence to the Library’s Customer Service desk.


Where can I use my card?

You may use only use your card at the Escondido Public Library.  Escondido is not part of the San Diego Library System or the San Diego County Library system.

Returning books to libraries outside Escondido
If you return Escondido Public Library books to a library that is in San Diego County but is outside of City of Escondido, they will most likely make it back but may be late so you will be charged late fines.  Please do not return CDs, DVDs, or audiobooks to any library outside Escondido.


What happens if I lose my card?

Report lost/stolen cards immediately to Customer Service: 760-839-4684

Replacement cards cost $2.50 for adults and $1.00 for those under 18 years of age.

Customer Service Desk

Have a question?

Call: 760-839-4684

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Home Borrowers

Individuals who are temporarily or permenently confined to their homes, convalescent or in resident care facilities in Escondido may have library books delivered to them by a volunteer.

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