City of El Centro

El Centro Public Library

How can I get a library card?

El Centro residents are asked to supply TWO (2) forms of identification to receive a library card. Adults can present a photo I.D. (i.e. driver’s license or identification card) and a second item showing a current address (utility bill or personal check with name and address) to receive a card. Persons under 18 years of age are asked to bring their parent or guardian with them when they apply for a library card. Parents or guardians must have the necessary identification with them in order to register their child.

NON-RESIDENTS of the City of El Centro who have a current library card from their city or town may register and receive a library card. However, proper identification must be shown.

NON-PERMANENT RESIDENTS living in non- permanent quarters such as hotels or campgrounds may also receive a library card by presenting proper identification and requires a $10.28 fee.

Please bring your current identification and a library card from your permanent residence and we will issue you a temporary card at no charge.

RENEWALS Materials may be renew twice if there is no outstanding requests on the item. Materials maybe be renewed in person at the library or by telephone (760) 337-4565.

LOST OR DAMAGE MATERIALS For lost or damaged materials, the library will charge a standard replacement cost plus a $10.28 processing fee (per item).


Adult / Juvenilelimit 20 21 days
Audio Bookslimit 521 days
Hotspotslimit 17 days
DVD’slimit 33 days


Books$0.29 per item /per day
Audio Books$0.29 per item / per day
DVD’s$3.43 per item / per day
Hotspots$10.00 per day
Lost Card Replacement $5.71
Deposit Card$10.28
Processing Fee per item$10.28
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