FAQ

How do I apply for a Library Card?
Applicant must be a California resident. You can visit your local OCPL branch or apply online. At the branch present a photo ID to show your identity and give proof of your current address. A California Driver's License, DMV ID card, Mexican Consular Identification card, Passport or Military ID are all acceptable forms of ID. Please provide proof of your current address such as a recent utility bill, lease, car registration or checks with your address and your name on it. If you are under eighteen, you must have your parent/legal guardian sign your library application and include their driver's license number. If you are unable to provide proof of your current address, you can apply for an Internet Only card. Internet Only library cards allow you to use the Internet, but do not allow you to borrow material.
How do I enter my PIN?
A recent modification by our software vendor changed how library PINs are entered.  The change impacts your PIN only if letters are used.  Please try using uppercase when entering your PIN.  If you need assistance with your Library PIN, staff at your local branch will be glad to help you. 
How do I set my hold pickup library?
To log into you library account from the catalog page, click on the My Account button on our home page. Select the My Account link at the top of the page. Enter your Library Card # and PIN (case sensitive) click the Log In button.  If you forgot your PIN click on the Forgot My PIN link and follow the directions. Go to the Personal Information tab>select the Preferences tab below>select your preferred pickup library from the drop down menu. Select the Update button.
How do I apply for a Library Card online?
Use the Online Library Card Application link https://web.ocpl.org/n/LibraryCardApplication/ and complete the application. Select a library you would like to pick-up your library card. Your Library Card will be ready in 48 hours. Be prepared to provide proper photo ID and proof of your current address (listed above).
How do I replace my Library Card?
Visit your local OCPL branch and present a photo ID to show your identity. A Driver's License, DMV ID card, Mexican Consular Identification card, Military ID or Passport are all acceptable forms of ID. There is a $2.00 fee to replace your Library Card.
How do I know how long I can check out my items?
Most items check out for 3 weeks; however some only check out for one week. Your check-out slip lists the items you have and when they are due. Please see Borrowing Policies for further details.
How do I know how much my overdue fine is?
Your fine increases by 25 cents each day the item is overdue, even when the library is closed. To return items as soon as possible, return them to an outside book return at any of libraries listed on our website. You can also renew your items through the catalog on this website. Click on the "My Account" button on our homepage, enter your library card number and PIN. Then click on "Renew My Materials". Keep note of the new due date or if the item was able to renew. For assistance contact any of our libraries on our website. If you lose an item, you will be charged for the price of the item plus a non-refundable $5.00 processing fee, plus any fines on the item. Please see Borrowing Policies for further details.
How do I know how many items I can check out?
A patron can check out a total of fifty items.
How do I know when the library is open?
OCPL has branch libraries throughout Orange County. Each library has different hours. Please see Branches for individual branch hours.
Find a list of the library’s holiday schedule?

OC Public Libraries facilities will be closed on the following observed holidays:

HOLIDAY

2014

2015

New Years Day

Wednesday, January 1

Thursday, January 1

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 20

Monday, January 19

Lincoln's Birthday

Wednesday, February 12

Thursday, February 12

President's Day

Monday, February 17

Monday, February 16

Memorial Day

Monday, May 26

Monday, May 25

Independence Day

Friday, July 4

Saturday, July 4

Labor Day

Monday, September 1

Monday, September 7

Columbus Day

Monday, October 13

Monday, October 12

Veterans' Day

Tuesday, November 11

Wednesday, November 11

Thanksgiving *

Wednesday, November 26 – Libraries will close at 5 pm

Thursday, November 27

Friday, November 28

Wednesday, November 25 – Libraries will close at 5 pm

Thursday, November 26

Friday, November 27

Christmas

Wednesday, December 24 – Libraries will close at 5 pm

Thursday, December 25

Thursday, December 24 – Libraries will close at 5:00 pm

Friday, December 25

New Years Eve                  Wednesday, December 31 - Libraries will close at 5 pm Thursday, December 31 - Libraries will close at 5 pm

How do I find a branch that is open on Sundays?

Please visit our hours and locations page to see what branches are open on Sundays.

How do I return an OCPL item to another OCPL library?
Just drop the item off at any of our Branches. Materials checked out from any of our branches can be returned to any other OCPL branch.
How do I return an OCPL item to a library outside of the OCPL system?
You can return items to libraries that are not part of OCPL. However, it might take much longer for them to be returned to one of our branches and you are responsible for any fines that occur during this time.
How do I log into my My Account through the catalog?
To log into your library account from the catalog page, select the My Account link at the top of the page. Enter your Library Card # and PIN (case sensitive) click the Log In button.  If you forgot your PIN click on the Forgot My PIN link and follow the directions.
How do I use the Catalog?
Click here for the catalog helps.
How do I check to see what I have checked out from my home computer?
To log into you library account from the catalog page, select the My Account link at the top of the page. Enter your Library Card # and PIN (case sensitive) click the Log In button.  If you forgot your PIN click on the Forgot My PIN link and follow the directions. View your checkouts.
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