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Borrowing Information

Starting July 1, 2024, Chromebooks will only be allowed for in-library use. If you currently have a Chromebook checked out, please return it to any PVLD branch by July 1, 2024.

Library Card Use

Apply for a library card here
Lost your card? Let us know here
Must be a California resident to use a PVLD library card
Fines must be less than $25.00 to use library services
Library cards are valid for 10 years, excluding teacher cards and volunteer cards. After 5 years of no activity, library accounts are removed from our database.

Loan Periods

Items may be renewed if there are no holds.
New Movies 7 days (1 renewal), max 3 checkouts concurrently
All Other Adult Movies 7 days (unlimited renewals)
New Books 14 days (unlimited renewals)
"Lucky Day" New Books 7 days (no renewals), max 2 checkouts concurrently
Video Games 14 days (1 renewal), max 3 checkouts concurrently
Magazines 7 days (1 renewal)
Chromebooks, Textbooks & Charging Cords 2 hours in-library use only (1 renewal)
State Parks Passes 21 days (no renewals), max 1 checkout
Board Games 21 days (1 renewal), max 3 checkouts concurrently
Wi-Fi Hotspots, FlipPals, Tablets 21 days (3 renewals), max 1 checkout of each type
All Other Materials 21 days (unlimited renewals)
eLibrary Materials See the eLibrary page (varies by vendor and/or publisher)

PVLD provides books, DVDs, newspapers, and more in languages including (but not limited to): Bengali, Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Check our online catalog or call a reference librarian to see if we have the language you need.

Service Charges

PVLD does not charge daily overdue fees for all items except Inter-Library Loans
Placing Holds (max 30 holds per library card) Free, must be picked up within 7 days
Placing Inter-Library Loans $2.00 each
Non-pickup of Inter-Library Loan $5.00
Overdue Interlibrary Loan $3.00 / day

Fees and charges may be paid through your account online, through the PVLD App, in person at any of our locations, or by calling (310)377-9584 and selecting option 2.

Patrons with overdue materials receive notices at 3, 7, and 21 days overdue by telephone, email, or text message. Notification preferences can be modified from your online account or by calling the library.

PVLD does not have daily overdue fines. However, at 30 days overdue, a Bill for Replacement of the overdue item(s) is mailed through the U.S. mail.  Failure to return materials may result in the borrower’s account being turned over to Unique National Collections, a materials recovery agency, and an additional $15.00 processing fee is charged.

Damaged or lost items are charged to the patron for the replacement cost of the item plus a processing fee.  We do not accept patron-purchased replacement items. 

Please read about our Claims Return process for items that are believed to have been returned.

Any questions?  Please contact the Circulation Department at (310) 377-9584 and select option 2.