Frequently Asked Questions

We are open! You may apply for a regular card in-person, or a virtual card below.

Applying For A Placentia Library Card        

Placentia Library District will issue a library card to California residents with a valid driver’s license, or U.S. government issued photo identification and an accompanying proof of a current California address issued to the applicant within the last six (6) months.

  • Consular ID’s, Out of State ID, or U.S. Passports may be used for identification along with current proof of address such as utility bills.
  • Patrons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by one parent. The accompanying parent must present and ID and current proof of address.

For your convenience library card applications are available online:

For ADULT applications Click Here.

For CHILD’S application Click Here.

Virtual Card

The Placentia Library Virtual Card is an electronic card that gives you access to most of the online resources that our library has to offer. The virtual card is not valid for hard print items, or physical media options.

If you wish to apply for the Placentia Library Virtual Card please Click Here or fill out the form below.

If you wish to apply for a regular Placentia Library card instead, you will need to apply in person at the Information Desk. The following needs to be presented in order to be issued a library card:

  • Valid California Driver’s License/ ID that states your current address
  • If your Driver’s License/ID do not state your current address we will need a bill statement that shows your name and current address.

​For minors:

  • Parent/guardian must be present as well as minor.
  • Parent/guardian must provide a valid California Driver’s License/ID with current address
  • If Driver’s License/ID does not state the current address we will need a bill statement that shows the name of the parent/guardian and the current address.

More Than Just Books

Additional services found at the library include:

Item Loan Limits & Borrowing Policy (per library card)

  • 5 items out at one time (for the first month, new borrowers only)
  • 25 items out at one time (after first month)
  • Five (5) E-books, downloadable audio books, DVD new releases and video games
  • 3 week loan period for books, audio books, magazines, CDs and video games
  • 2 week loan period for Library of Things (LOTs) collection
  • 1 week loan period for DVDs and video games
  • The Placentia Library District will no longer collect overdue fines, as approved by the Library Board of Trustees on June 28, 2017. An item that is 30 days overdue will become a "Lost" item. See fee schedule.
  • Accounts that have a balance higher than $10 will not be allowed to borrow library items until balance is under the stated amount
  • $1 re-shelving fee for request/reserve items cancelled after reserve shelf placement or not picked up after 5 days

Borrowers of materials from Placentia Library District assume full responsibility for their use.

Renewing Library Items

Most items can be renewed twice, unless the item has been requested.

The renewal period is the same length as the original loan period:

  • 3 Weeks for Books, Audio Books, CDs, and Magazines
  • 1 Week for DVDs

You may renew by:

  • Calling the library during regular business hours at (714)528-1906 x.210
  • In person (item is not required.)

Remember to have your card on hand when calling or renewing in person.


Renew online* following these simple steps:

  1. From the home screen, press on My Account tab
  2. Enter your library card number (Borrower ID) where prompted; remember to include all numbers, but no spaces in between
  3. Enter your password where prompted. Your password is the last 4 digits of your telephone number.
  4. Follow by pressing Login
  5. Select Checked Out on My Account tab to see a list of all the items you have checked out to your account
  6. Click on the box to the left of the item you want
  7. When finished selecting the items you would like renewed, press the Renew button found at the bottom left hand corner of the page
  8. To confirm that the item you selected was renewed, review the Due Date column for the new return date

*Note that if your items are past due, your account has an unresolved block, or your items are rental DVDs, you will not be allowed to renew online

Requests to Purchase

The Placentia Library purchases materials recommended by customers when appropriate. Individual purchase decisions will be guided by the Library's selection policy and the availability of funds.

You may suggest a title, author, or subject. Please provide as much information as possible, citing reviews or sources if available.

Request to purchase forms are available at the Library.


The Friends Bookstore is in the entrance lobby of the Library. The selection of books changes regularly, so be sure to check the shelves whenever you visit the Library. Proceeds from the Bookstore, the Second Sunday Book Sale, and the Silent Auction go toward special projects at the Library. Thanks for your continuing support.
Your donation of books and other materials is very welcome. Particularly useful items include:
  • Recently published titles: fiction and nonfiction, paperback and hardback Children's books

  • Videos, DVDs and recorded books

  • High interest subjects: mysteries, detectives, romance, science fiction, classics, politics, travel, world languages

  • High interest magazines: National Geographic, Architectural Digest, Bon Appetit and Gourmet

A receipt for items donated is issued upon request. Receipts state the number and type of material donated, but do not estimate the value.

Computers in the Library

In order to allow fair access to its public computers, the Placentia Library uses a reservation system. A current Placentia or Anaheim Library card allows the user to utilize the computers for two hours per day per patron. Visitors to the area with valid ID may also get a Guest Pass from the staff at the Adult Services Desk for computer access.

In the Adult, Children's and Teen Service areas, the Library's public computers run using Microsoft Windows 10 Operating System with documents, spreadsheets, and presentations created with Microsoft Office 2013. You may print your work or save it to your USB flash drive. Downloading materials and applications from the Internet onto the computer hard drive is not allowed for security reasons.

Headphones are not provided. You may bring your own headphones or purchase ear buds for $2.00. 


Wireless Internet Access

You may bring your laptop or mobile device to our building and connect using our wireless access.


Children's Computers

The Children's section has a number of computers available for Children only.  Adults are not permitted to use computers in this area.  Children's computers are reserved using a similar process used in the Adult area.


To see the Library's Internet Access Policy, click here.

Self-service copying is available at the Placentia Library. The self-service copy machine accepts coins, $1 bills or $5 bills. Paper sizes are available in 8 ½ x 11 or 11 x 17.

Copies are $0.15 black and white, $0.50 color.

The public copier has the ability to scan a standard document to any valid e-mail address. This service is provided free to the public. Please refer to the staff at the Information Desk for specific details.

Book drop


  • Located on the right-hand side of the Information Desk at the center of the library


  • One outside book drop is located in the wall to the left of the main entrance of the library.
  • A convenient second book drop is located in the parking lot next to the loading dock, this book drop will be closed during rainy days or holidays.
  • Items returned in a book drop after the Library closes will be checked in the next day the Library is open.


Renewals available 24/7/365 online or by phone (714-528-1906)
(Patrons may renew twice unless item is requested by another patron)