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Borrower's Services

How to Borrow Books and Other Library Materials
Library cards and limits

Loan periods and fees

  • Most loan materials may be borrowed for 21 days.
  • Short loan materials have a 7-day loan period.
  • Rental DVDs are available for $1.00 per day, up to 40 days. The Friends of the Glendale Public Library sponsor library rental materials.
How to get a Library Card
  • Adults (age 18 and above) may obtain a Glendale Library card in person at any Library site by providing acceptable identification. Forms of acceptable ID.
  • Teens (age 13-17) may obtain a teen library card. A Parent or guardian must review the information on the application, select an option of borrowing privilege for their teen, provide an identification number, and sign the application.
  • Children (age 12 and under) may obtain a childrenís library card when they can sign their full name on the application form. A Parent or guardian must review the information on the application, select an option of borrowing privilege for their child, provide an identification number, and sign the application.
  • Adults are financially responsible for all materials borrowed on their own library cards. Parents or guardians are responsible for materials borrowed on their teens and children's library cards.
  • Changes in name, address or telephone number should be reported immediately.
  • Library cards are registered for two years, after which they expire. Patron shall provide valid identification showing a current street address for card renewal.
How to access online resources and databases Lost or stolen Library Card
  • Report lost or stolen cards immediately: Call (818) 548-2021 or report at any Library site.
  • The Library card replacement fee is $1.00. Cardholders are responsible for items checked out until the card is reported lost.
  • You may borrow items without your library card for free with identification.
Fines and Fees
Overdue books carry fines of $0.25 per day.

Click here for the Library's current schedule of other types of fines and fees for services.

Renewing checked-out items
Renew your items in person at any Glendale or Pasadena library facility, or by telephone: (818) 548-8010.
NOTE: You will be asked to enter you library card number, found on the back of your library card. To renew individual items you will be asked for the itemís library barcode and the hash key. The hash key (#) is also known as the pound key or the number key. There are instructions on the phone message on identifying the itemís library barcode.

Or, follow these steps to renew items in the "
My Account" section of the online catalog:
  • Obtain a valid Glendale or Pasadena borrower's card and PIN.
  • In the catalog, click the MY ACCOUNT tab.
  • Click the box for all items, or for individual items
  • Click the RENEW button.

Additional Information

  • Circulating materials are renewable unless they are marked 'non-renewable,' or are on 'hold' for other patrons. A renewable item checked out on your account may be renewed twice at any Glendale or Pasadena Public Library. Items can also be renewed online or by phone.
  • Materials that circulate for three weeks (21 days) can be borrowed for two additional three-week periods. Overdue books carry fines of $0.25 per day.
  • Long-loan materials that circulate for eight weeks (56 days) may be renewed for two additional eight-week periods (e.g., literacy materials).
  • Library card privileges are not transferable, and can only be utilized by the registered owner of the library card. Patrons who have items out on their account cannot check them out again on someone else's account unless the other cardholder is present.
Getting a PIN
You must have a PIN (Personal Identification Number) to renew items or place holds in the Online Catalog. If you have an existing password in the online catalog, you must change the password to a PIN. Call the Glendale Library Circulation Desk, (818) 548-2021 for assistance.

If you do not have a password or PIN, apply for a PIN at any Library facility. You will need a valid Glendale or Pasadena borrower's card.

Requesting Items (Placing Holds)
Librarians will be happy to place holds for you in person or on the telephone. Or, you can place your own holds in the Library catalog, following these steps:
  • Obtain a borrower's card and PIN.
  • Search for materials in the online catalog.
  • Click the PLACE REQUEST button.
  • Log in using your library card number and PIN.
  • Follow instructions to complete your request.
Interlibrary Loan
The InterLibrary Loan process allows you to borrow materials from other libraries. You will need a current Library, Arts & Culture or Pasadena library card.

There is a limit of three Interlibrary Loan requests per week. Interlibrary Loan requests cannot be placed on Glendale or Pasadena library materials.

Sometimes the lending library charges a fee for borrowing an item. We must pass these costs along to you. You will be notified if an item will cost money to borrow and you can either accept or decline the order at that point.

You will receive a notification when your interlibrary loan request has been filled. Please note, the process may take several weeks or longer. We will make several attempts to locate your requested material. If unsuccessful, you will be notified by phone or email.

Some items (reference books, rare books, books published in the past year, and audio-visual materials and electronic materials) cannot be obtained through Interlibrary Loan.

Complete the online Interlibrary Loan form here or visit a Library, Arts & Culture location.
Hold Notification
When you request materials, Library staff makes every effort to process your request quickly. Depending on the source, items may take from a few days to many weeks to obtain.

Popular materials may have many hold requests waiting. For holds in the online catalog, check your position in the hold queue or ask Library staff for assistance.

Most titles circulate for three weeks (but some patrons unfortunately may keep them overdue.) Occasionally, the Library is unable to locate titles that appear to be available in the online catalog.

When your request is filled, we will notify you by email, telephone or postcard, depending on the information in your account. After three attempts to locate items, if not obtained, you will be notified.

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