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Library Cards

How do I get a library card?

  • Apply Online (the card is FREE for any California resident).
  • Apply in person: Provide identification - such as a current California driver’s license. Student ID is acceptable for school age applicants under age 18. A parent or guardian must sign for children under the age of 18.

What if I don't have a permanent address in California (if I'm a long-term visitor, for example)?

  • There is a $10 annual fee for out-of-state library customers.

What happens if I lose my card?

  • Report a lost card immediately!
  • There is no fee to replace a lost card.

Loan Periods

What are the checkout periods for various items?

  • Books – 3 weeks
  • New Adult Books - 3 weeks
  • Rental Books ($1.00) – 1 week
  • Book Club in a Bag - 6 weeks
  • CDs – 3 weeks
  • Audiobooks – 3 weeks
  • DVDs/Blu-Rays – 1 week
  • Rental DVDs/Blu-Rays ($1.00) – 1 day
  • Magazines - 3 weeks
  • Video Games - 1 week
  • Children's Kits - 3 weeks
  • eReaders - 3 weeks

Loan Limits

How many items can I have checked out at one time?

Maximum number of items which may be checked out to one cardholder is 50 total, any combination of the following:

  • Books - 50
  • Magazines - 50
  • Audio Materials (combination of Audiobooks, CDs and Children's Kits) – 10
  • Video Discs (combination of DVDs, Blu-Rays and Video Games) - 10


How do I renew a book or other item?

You can renew your items by accessing your account in the library catalog. To renew by telephone, please call 949-720-7424.

Two renewals (equal to the initial checkout period) are allowed on all materials, with the following exceptions:

  • rental items (books or videos) cannot be renewed;
  • items which are on hold cannot be renewed.

Late Fees

How much are late fees?

  • Overdue Books, magazines, Book Club in a Bag kits, audiobooks, DVDs and CDs - $ .25/day
  • Overdue iPods, Video Games, eReaders, Rental DVDs & Blu-Rays - $1.00/day

Pay late fees online


You can place holds:

  • In person at the library or from home through the online catalog or with the assistance of a librarian.
  • By telephone. Call Telephone Reference at 949-717-3800, extension 2.
  • On the Web site by going to the Library Catalog.

The maximum number of holds is 50.

Placing a hold

After doing a search, you may want to see if a particular item is available for checkout. The item record in the library catalog will tell you if the item is "checked in" at a particular branch. If the item is checked in and you want to pick it up the same day, call Telephone Reference at 949-717-3800 extension 2 to request the item.

If the item is not available, you can make a hold request online. The library will then hold the item for you when it becomes available. To request a specific volume of a multi-volume work, call Telephone Reference at 949-717-3800, extension 2.

To request a hold on a library item through the online catalog:

  • Search for a library item.
  • Click the Place Hold button next to the item that you want.
  • Log in to your user account. Type in your last name and the 14 digit NBPL card barcode.
    • The catalog displays the Request Confirmation page. You can see the number of your hold position (or the order in which requests for this item will be filled).
  • Choose a pickup location from the drop-down list.
  • Click Place Hold.
    • The catalog displays a message saying that your request has been placed successfully.
  • Do one of these options:
    • Click Regular Display to return to your search results.
    • Click Logout and Start Over to log out of your account and continue searching

Request For Purchase

How do I suggest a book for the library to purchase?

Suggest a title (published within the last 12 months) you would like the library to purchase.

Recommendations from the public are welcome. However, requesting a new title does not guarantee that it will be added to the collection. The library acquires materials of both permanent and current interest in all subjects, based upon the merits of a work in relation to the needs and interests of the community.

Inter-Library Loans (ILL)

What is Inter-library Loan?

Books and some materials (not audiovisual) from other library systems can be requested for a fee.

  • The book or article requested must be at least 6 months old to be eligible for ILL, and the requests can take an estimated 2 to 6 weeks to fill. In some cases, the request may prove impossible to fill.
  • Customers who use this service must have a Newport Beach Public Library in good standing in accordance with circulation policies.
  • The fee for inter-library loans is $5.00 per item, cash or check, paid at the time of the request.  This fee applies to Newport Beach residents and non-residents alike.  Credit cards may be used with a $5.00 minimum at the Customer Service desk on the first floor.  There are no refunds for unfilled requests.  If the request is for a multi-volume set, the charge applies to each volume.  $5.00/reel is usual for microfilm, but this may vary.
  • A limit of 5 requests per calendar month, with no more than 5 unfilled requests at any one time, may be accepted from a customer.  (Unfilled requests are considered “in processing” until the request is filled.)
  • If it is a “reference use/in library use only” item (microforms, rare or fragile books, for example) it will be kept at the Reference desk.

Local History

The Local History collection contains a variety of materials that relate to the history of Newport Beach, Orange County, and California. The collection is located at the Central Library on the second floor in the Local History alcove.

The retrospective collection contains diverse materials which include:

  • Books & print materials
  • Telephone Directories
  • Friends of the Library clippings
  • Local school yearbooks
  • Local business directories
  • Science and environmental information
  • Local atlases of Orange County and travel information
  • Biographical resources

Homebound Services

Does the library offer home delivery of library materials?

NBPL's free homebound delivery service is available to Newport Beach residents who are unable to come to the library due to temporary or long-term illness or disability.

How it works:

  • Once accepted for the service, Homebound Delivery Service customers receive a preferences form to fill out, to help librarians select materials that will meet their needs.
  • A trained volunteer will talk about reading and entertainment preferences with the customer and will serve as a liaison with library staff.
  • Librarians will make every effort to select the kinds of materials the homebound customer will enjoy.
  • After materials are selected, the volunteer will deliver them to the customer and pick up items that were delivered on a previous visit.

If you'd like to receive Homebound Delivery Service, or if you want to participate as a volunteer in the program, please call 949-717-3824.

Curbside Pickup

Introducing Curbside Pickup at the Central Library

It is easier than ever to pick up library materials.  You don't even have to get out of your car. We will deliver items directly to you at curbside in front of the Central Library when you call and arrange for curbside delivery of items you have placed on "Hold."  This special service is available at Central Library, during library hours on Monday through Friday.

Here’s how it works:

  • Once you have been notified that your hold is ready for pickup, call the circulation desk @ (949) 717-3850 on the day that you are going to come to the library and request curbside delivery.
  • The clerk answering the phone will need your name and/or library card number in order to locate your items.
  • Give staff enough time to pull your held items and prepare them for your pickup.
  • You will need to bring your picture ID to the Library and have it ready when the items are brought out to the car.
  • When you arrive at the Library, call the circulation desk again @ (949) 717-3850 and let them know you are in the lot.
  • Stay in your car at the front entrance to the Library and a staff member will bring the items out to your car.  Please be sure to have your ID ready to ensure the right items are being delivered to the right customer.

If you have any questions, please call (949) 717-3850, send an email to nbplcirc@newportbeachca.gov or inquire at our website.


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