Borrowing Library Materials
and Access to Online Resources

State Employee reading a book in the Library

Library Cards

If you are one of the following:

  • A California State Employee
  • A State Legislative Staff member
  • An Appointed State Official or Board Member
  • On the Faculty or Staff of UC or CSU
  • An Official or Employee of the State Court

you can borrow materials directly from the library. Obtain a State Library borrower card by applying online, calling (916) 654-0261, or download our PDF Application Form (using Adobe Acrobat Reader), print both pages, fill them out and return by fax or mail:

FAX: (916) 323-9768
California State Library
Information Services Section
PO Box 942837
Sacramento CA 94237-0001

Loan Periods

State employees may borrow books and other materials directly from the State Library. The loan period for most books is 5 weeks and for most periodicals, 3 weeks. Some legal materials have 1 week loan periods. Special extended loans are also available for many materials.

If you are not a state employee, you can borrow materials by contacting your local library.

Access to Online Resources

The following state employees may access restricted online resources by using their State Library card and PIN.

  • A California State Employee
  • A State Legislative Staff member
  • An Appointed State Official or Board Member
  • An Official or Employee of the State Court

Forget Your PIN or Want To Change It?

Contact Information Services Section, (916) 654-0261.