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Borrowing Materials

The Daly City Public Library has four locations to serve you. Materials, including books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and magazines, are available for browsing and borrowing from all four locations.

Library Cards

A library card is required to check out materials and to access certain online databases and services. To obtain a free library card, visit one of the branches, fill out the short application form, and present photo identification and proof of current address. Children under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign their application and present identification and proof of current address.

You can apply for and receive a library card and borrow library materials in the same visit. Just come into any of our four locations.

Library Card Application forms are available for viewing and printing in English, Spanish, or Chinese. To apply for a card online, submit your information from this web site. You will still need to visit the library to present identification and proof of current address before you receive your card.

If you lose your library card, tell the library immediately because you are responsible for all items checked out to your card. Replacement cards are $2.

 For more information, view our full Library Card Policy.


All information about your borrowing record is confidential, except for records of fines. Proper identification is required for access to records. For more information, view our Privacy Policy.

Borrowing Materials

Your library card gives you borrowing privileges at all of the 35 public and community college libraries in San Mateo County, all of which are members of the Peninsula Library System (PLS). Always bring your library card with you when you visit the library. Other PLS libraries may have different loan policies which affect their materials even if they are checked out from the Daly City Public Library.

Loan Periods & Renewing Materials

Most materials are loaned for 21 days, and may be renewed up to five times for an additional 21 days each.  Items with holds cannot be renewed.

You can renew library materials:
  Via the Web: You can renew by accessing your Library Account through the Online Catalog.  Select Total Items for the list of items you currently have checked out.
  Via telephone: Call the library - 650.991.8023
  Via text: Sign up for SMS. For more information, view Text Alerts.
  Via app:  Download the PLS Library app from Apple or Google play.

Returning Materials

You can return borrowed materials to any of the 35 PLS libraries. Book drops are available outside all Daly City libraries so that you can return items after-hours.

Overdue Fines

Items returned after their due date will be subject to overdue fines. Overdue fines are 25¢ per day for adult materials and 15¢ per day for children's materials. There is a maximum fine for adult materials of $8.00 per item. For children's materials, the maximum fine is $4.00 per item.

Other PLS libraries may have different overdue fines which affect their materials even if they are checked out from and/or returned to the Daly City Public Library.

Lost Materials

If you lose an item, you will be charged for the replacement cost plus a $5.00 processing fee.

Collection Agency Fees

Outstanding balances on your library account may be referred to a collection agency. In such a case, a $10.00 processing fee will be added.

Other Conveniences

You can search our catalog, place items on hold, and check your library account from any computer with Internet access by visiting our Online Catalog.

You can place an item on hold and/or have it delivered from another PLS library to the library of your choice free of charge.

You can sign up to receive library messages including overdue notices and notification of the availability of items you have placed on hold by e-mail. To request e-mail notification, access your Library Account through the Online Catalog, click on the My Settings link, then enter your current e-mail address.

You can request the purchase of a particular item or material on a particular subject matter for inclusion in our collection. All requests are reviewed by a librarian.