Beginning Monday, August 28, 2023, the Alamitos, Harte, and Michelle Obama Neighborhood Libraries will offer an additional day of service on Mondays.

As of Monday, August 14, the Bay Shore Neighborhood Library will temporarily close for a scheduled renovation. All services at Bay Shore, including book drops, will be unavailable.

Expanded Library Card Access and Circulation


Beginning May 3, 2022, residents may qualify for a full-service Long Beach Public Library (Library) card by presenting a picture identification (ID) and proof of California mailing address. A full-service card allows users to enjoy the maximum cardholder benefits, such as checkouts, instant access to all resources in the Digital Library, access to public computers and printing services, Chromebook and Mifi hotspot borrowing, participation in the ZipBooks program, and checkout of California State Library Parks Passes.

The Library’s updated policy expands the acceptable forms of picture IDs, required for a full-service Library card, to include:

  • Any U.S. state driver’s license or ID card

  • U.S. passport

  • Military identification

  • U.S. permanent resident card

  • Work or student visa

  • Foreign consulate ID card

  • Foreign passport

Residents who are not able to provide a qualifying picture ID and proof of mailing address may still register for alternative library card options, such as limited-use and computer-use only cards.

The updated circulation policy also increases the number of items that may be borrowed at one time. Beginning May 3, all full-access Library cardholders may borrow up to 50 items at a time, which is a 100 percent increase over the current limit. As part of the 50-item limit, borrowers may checkout up to 15 DVDs, 25 CDs, 25 audiobooks, 1 Chromebook and/or 1 Mifi device.

For more information about these changes check out our Get a Library Card  information page or call (562) 570-7500 during open hours.