FAQ

You can call any of our Libraries, to update or renew your address, phone number and email address (up to two).  Please have your Library Card number handy.  Once a minor turns 18 years of age, their library account will automatically expire. Please bring your California Driver’s License or California State ID to update and renew your library card. Please visit your local DMV Office to obtain either of these two forms of photo identification.

You can call any of our Libraries, to update your address, phone number and email address (up to two).  Please have your Library Card number handy. If you have more than one Library account in your household please ask that they also be updated. If you prefer to be notified by email for pre-due notices, overdue reminders or available holds please let staff know.

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. A California Driver's License, DMV ID card, Mexican Consular Identification card, Passport or Military ID are all acceptable forms of ID. If you are under eighteen, you must have your parent/legal guardian sign your library application and include their driver's license number. You can also apply for an Internet Only card. Internet Only library cards allow you to use the Internet, but do not allow you to borrow material.

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. 

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.

Check to see if your library card has either OC Public Libraries or Orange County Public Library printed on it.  If your card begins with the letter D, replace the letter D with the number 2. When entering your library card do not add any spaces. If you don’t remember your PIN or if your library card’s privileges have expired please contact any of our libraries for assistance.

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).

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.

Residents of Orange County can get an eCard by registering online. An eCard provides access to online databases and downloadable eMedia. It may not be used to borrow, place holds on material from the library, nor is it valid for use of the public Internet computers at the libraries. Patrons who already have an OC Public Libraries card already have this access and do not need an eCard. You may upgrade your eCard for full privileges by visiting one of our libraries and providing valid ID. Click here for requirements.

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.

For your convenience, items will be automatically renewed on their due date if they are eligible for renewal. Items with holds, items renewed five times, Interlibrary Loan items, Homebound patrons and Lucky Day books are not eligible for renewal. Please verify your due dates by logging into your account.

Branch

Quiet Room / Private Room

Capacity

Reservation

Time limit

Aliso Viejo

949-360-1730

1 Shared Study Room

16

No

No

Costa Mesa Donald Dungan

949-646-8845

2 rooms for shared or individual study

8 per room

Yes, in person at Service Desk

1 hr/day

Fountain Valley

714-962-1324

1 Shared Quiet Study Room

4

No

No

Foothill Ranch

949-855-8072

1 Shared Quiet Study Room

10

No

No

Irvine Katie Wheeler

714-669-8753

1 Shared study room

6

No

No

Laguna Niguel

949-249-5252

1.      Shared Quiet Room

2.      Nooks & small room without doors (10 locations)

1.      10

2.      2-4 per location

1.  No

2.  No

1.  No

2.  No

Rancho Santa Margarita

949-459-6094

1 Shared Quiet Room (has 3 tables)

9

No

No

San Clemente

949-492-3493

1 Shared Study Room (has 4 tables)

8 - 12

No

No

Tustin

714-544-7725

1 room for shared or individual study

5

Reserve in person for that day only

1 hour
































 





Ladera Ranch - Time may be extended if there are no other reservations.

If an item is not available at your location, or all copies are checked out, you can request an item be transferred to your home branch by placing a hold on the item through our catalog. There is a limit of 25 holds allowed per card.

If an item is available at another location, and you are willing to pick up the item, you can call the owning library to hold the item for you.  There is no charge for a Courtesy Hold.  The item will be held on the hold shelf for three days.

Beginning November 23, 2021, OC Public Libraries will take its 100 years of service in a new direction by removing late fines for overdue items. 

All overdue fines will be waived for all library cardholders. Those with outstanding items are invited back to the library to return overdue or lost items and will be given a fresh start at enjoying library services once again. Library items will still have due dates, and 2 of 2 eligible items will continue to be auto-renewed. If an item is returned beyond the due date, no overdue fines will be charged. The library will still collect fines for lost or damaged items.

For more information visit ocpl.org/nolatefines

No, once you’ve reached your maximum loan period we ask you return the item(s) so that others can have the opportunity to check them out. 

A patron can check out a total of fifty items.

OCPL has branch libraries throughout Orange County. Please see Branches for individual branch days and hours.

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

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.

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.

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.

Click here for the catalog helps.

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.

OC Public Libraries assumes no responsibility for personal equipment or property damaged while using library property, i.e. compact disc players, DVD players, or computers.