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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I Renew Materials over the Phone?

          A. Yes, except for videos or overdue items, you can renew by phone: 310-524-2722.

Q. Can I place a hold on material?

A. Yes, holds may be placed on checked-out library material, with the exception of VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray movies. You can place a hold either by calling the Information Desk at 310-524-2728, or by using the online library catalog and clicking on the “Request” button. A fee of $1.00 will becharged to your account when the item becomes available and must be paid at the time of checkout; the fee is waived only if the hold is cancelled prior to the item becoming available for checkout.

Q. Does the Library Have a Public Copy Machine?

A. Yes, the copy room is directly across from the Circulation Desk. The copier makes only black and white copies. The cost is 15 cents per page. You may make copies of non-circulating materials here.

Q. How do I get a Library Card?

A.  You need to fill out a library card application form at our front Circulation Desk, or bring in a printed copy from our library’s website, and present one piece of identification with a current address, such as a driver’s license or utility bill, to show proof of your residency. Based on reciprocal borrowing agreements with other cities, library cards are free for El Segundo residents and for most citizens living in the greater Southern California area. Please call the Library Circulation Desk at 310-524-2722 for more information.

Q. Does the Library Have DVDs, Videos or Books-on-Tape?

A. Yes. The Library has over 6,000 videos, DVDs and Blu-rays and over 1,000 Books-on-Tape and Books-on-CD.

Q. What About Borrowing, Returning & Renewing Materials?

A. Most materials are loaned for a period of three weeks. Videos, DVD's and Blu-rays are loaned for seven days. For more circulation rules and guidelines, inquire at the Circulation Desk, (310) 524-2722.

Q. What is the telephone number to the Reference Desk?

A. The Reference Desk telephone number is (310) 524-2728. The Reference Desk can also be reached via e-mail at refdesk@elsegundo.org.

Q. Do you have programs for children?

A. Yes. Tuesdays-Thursdays we offer preschool story times, class visit programs, a Library Club for school-aged children, and a Teen program. We also offer other special programs in the summer and during the holidays. Contact the Young People's Information Desk at (310) 524-2726 for further information.

Q. How do I volunteer at the library? 
A. The El Segundo Public Library offers a variety opportunities to people interested in volunteering in their community.  Potential volunteer work includes helping the 
                Friends of the Library in their fund-raising activities, serving as a literacy tutor helping adults learn to read, or helping with various library-related projects.  To learn 
                more about how you can volunteer at the library, stop by the Reference Desk to pick up a volunteer application, or call (310) 524-2732.

Q. Does the Library carry any tax forms?

A. Yes. From January-April we carry a selection of Federal and California State Tax Forms free to the public. We also have a complete set of reproducible forms for Federal and State available anytime for you to copy at 15 cents per page.

Q. Do you have computers for public use?

A. Yes. We have sixteen public internet stations for adult use and four internet stations specifically for children. Contact our Information Desk at (310) 524-2728 for further information regarding sign-up procedures.

Q. Do you have a meeting room available?

A. Yes. The charge for using the Friends of The Library Meeting Room is $30.00 per hour for 'for-profit' organizations and $10.00 per hour for 'non-profit' organizations; charges vary for non-resident organizations. The Library also has two smaller rooms, the Rose Garden Room and the Gazebo Room, which are available for meetings up to 20 people, and have a similar rate structure as the Friends Room. Groups may book any of these rooms through the Administrative Technical Assistant in the Library Director's office.

Q. Do you allow local businesses, groups or artists to display their works?

A. Yes, they may apply to display their collections, crafts and/or artwork in the library. For more information, contact Roz Templin at 310-524-2773. Click here for the artwork display application form.

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