Borrower Services

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Applying for a library card
Computer-use only card
Loan Periods / Limits / Fines and Fees
Lost or Damaged Materials
Returning Library Materials
Renewing Library Materials
Holds / Reserves
Interlibrary Loan Service

Applying for a Library Card

Library cards are free to the residents of the City of Beverly Hills.  Residents of Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties may also receive a free library card. You will need to provide both photo identification and a proof of current address.

1. Photo Identification: We will accept any one of the following as photo identification: a valid driver's license, a valid California ID, a Passport, a government issued photo ID as photo identification. In addition you need to provide a proof of address.

2. Current Address: We will accept any one of the following as proof of current address: a current utility bill, a credit card statement, a rental or property tax receipt, current school documents that show your home address, a car registration.

To receive a Library Card, fill out an application (Mac users: use Adobe Reader to view) and present the application with identification in person at the Beverly Hills Public Library.

All library cards will need to be renewed on the date of your birthday.  Please be prepared to provide photo identification at the time of renewal.

Computer-Use-Only Cards

Computer-use-only cards are issued as a courtesy to those who do not want full library privileges.  Computer-use-only cards are not eligible for borrowing library materials.

Computer–use-only cards are issued to adults and minors in grade 6 and up.  Cards are issued according to the library’s registration requirements and are valid for six months from the date of issue. 

Library borrowers are allowed only one valid card per borrower. 

Verification of identity is required to receive a computer-use-only card.

Verification of identity may be provided by a document such as a driver’s license; state ID card; school or university ID card; voter’s registration card; Medicare, Medicaid, or clinic eligibility card; employer’s ID card; consulate card; major credit card; or other officially issued printed ID card.

Loan Periods / Limits / Fines and Fees

A patron may have a total of 64 items checked out on their patron record at one time. Fines are charged only if materials are returned late. Failure to pay accrued fines may result in the borrower's account being turned over to our collection agency Fidelity Creditor Services.

 Type of Card  Material Types  Free Loan Period  Overdue Fines
 Adult  Books and Audio Books  28 days*  30¢ per day
 Adult  Designated New Books  14 days  30¢ per day
 Children/Teen  Books and Audio Books  28 days*  25¢ per day
 All  DVDs, BluRays, CDs  14 days  50¢ per day


*If an item is reserved by another patron the check out period is limited to two weeks.

Lost or Damaged Materials

Lost or damaged items charges are based on the replacement cost of the item and in addition a non-refundable $19.00 processing fee.

Other Fees*

*effective August 1, 2013

 Type of fee   Amount
 Nonresident Library Card (outside Los Angeles and Orange County)   $253.00
 Materials reservation fee          75¢
 Replacement Library Card   $    2.25 per card
 Interlibrary Loan (requested from outside the regional library system and lenders)   $    5.00 per item
 Returned checks   $  39.00 
 Black and white copies or prints         20¢ per page
Color copies or prints   $    1.00 per page
1 GB flash drive  $  15.00
 Headphones  $    4.00
 Passport photos  $  12.00

Returning Library Materials

Items checked out from the Beverly Hills Public Library must be returned to the Beverly Hills Public Library. Materials may be returned to the book slot inside the Library or to the Circulation Desk. Outside Book Drops are located in the handicapped parking area in the lot off Rexford Drive and on Civic Center Drive.

Renewing Library Materials

Books and audio books may be renewed for 14 days, a maximum of two times. DVDs, BluRays, Music CDs, and interlibrary loan materials may not be renewed. Items for which there are pending holds/reservations may not be renewed. Items are not eligible for renewal until 7 days before their due date.

You may renew items 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the Web by accessing Your Library Record. Click here for instructions on how to renew items online.
    
Renewals may also be done in person at the Circulation Desk.

The Library also offers Telephone Circulation Service. If you have a touch tone phone, you can renew your items by telephone 24 hours a day, by calling (310) 288-2223.

Holds / Reserves

You can place a HOLD on an item for 75¢ from any Library computer, or over the Web by clicking on Search the Catalog on the Library's Web Page. After searching for the title you wish to reserve, select the request button at the top of the screen. Click here for further instructions on how to place a reserve online. Holds/reserve may also be placed at the Circulation Desk. Fees are non-refundable. You will receive an automated telephone notification or email when your items are available.

Interlibrary Loan Service

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) offers our patrons the opportunity to request and receive items that are not owned by Beverly Hills Public Library.  Through ILL, you have access to the circulating book collections of all the libraries in the Southern California Library Cooperative, as well as universities and public library systems throughout the United States.  You must have a valid Beverly Hills Public Library card to use this service.  There are no fees for materials found in libraries who are members of the Southern California Library Cooperative.  For materials outside of the cooperative, there is a $5.00 service charge to cover the cost of shipping.  If the lending library charges a fee you will be contacted to find out if you are willing to pay the charges.

 

 
Beverly Hills Public Library
CONTACT: Main Library Switchboard
PHONE: (310) 288-2220
 
 
Ask-A-Librarian
CONTACT: Librarian
PHONE: (310) 288-2244
EMAIL: reference@beverlyhills.org
 
 
Library: Material Renewal
CONTACT: Have your library card ready
PHONE: (310) 288-2223
 
 
Library: Children's Services
CONTACT: Librarian
PHONE: (310) 288-2211
 
 
Library: Passport Services
CONTACT: Passport Services
PHONE: (310) 288-2279
 
 
Library: Borrower Services
CONTACT: Circulation
PHONE: (310) 288-2222
 


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