Library Full Reopening

Beginning Tuesday, June 22, the County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries will offer services at all 14 locations. 

 Reopening FAQs

Which libraries will be open June 22?

Arroyo Grande Library – 800 W Branch St., (805) 473-7161 | Tues – Sat, 9a – 5p
Atascadero Library—6555 Capistrano Ave., (805) 461-6161 | Tues – Sat, 9a – 5p
Cambria Library—1043 Main St., (805) 927-4336 | Tues – Sat, 9a – 5p
Cayucos Library—310 B St., (805) 995-3312 | Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat, 9a – 5p | 1 – 1:30p lunch closure
Creston Library—6290 Adams, (805) 237-3010 | Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat, 12:30 – 5p
Los Osos Library—2075 Palisades, (805) 528-1862 | Tues – Sat, 9a – 5p
Morro Bay Library—625 Harbor St., (805) 772-6394 | Tues – Sat, 9a – 5p
Nipomo Library—918 W. Tefft, (805) 929-3994 | Tues – Sat, 9a – 5p
Oceano Library-- 1551 17th St., (805) 474-7478 | Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat, 9a – 5p | 1 – 1:30p lunch closure
San Luis Obispo Library—995 Palm St., (805) 781-5991 | Tues – Sat, 9a – 5p
San Miguel Library—254 13th St., (805) 467-3224 | Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat, 12:30 – 5p
Santa Margarita Library—9630 Murphy Ave., (805) 438-5622 | Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat, 12:30 – 5p
Shandon Library—195 N 2nd St., (805) 237-3009 | Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat, 9a – 5p | 1 – 1:30p lunch closure
Shell Beach Library—230 Leeward Ave., (805) 773-2263 | Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat, 12:30 – 5p

When is staff available to assist me by phone?

Please call one of the libraries listed above.

How can I place holds on library books and materials?

1. Place items on hold using the online library catalog, www.slolibrary.org Click on the Search the Catalog button and place requests.
2. If you need assistance, please call the library to speak to a staff person. Have your library card number ready.
3. You may place up to 20 holds.
4. When you receive notification that your hold is ready for pickup, visit your selected library to pick up your requests.

I have items on hold, and I would like to pick them up at a different library. How do I change my holds pickup location?

You can change the pick-up location to any of our 14 branches in your account online. Go to your holds list and check the box by the items you wish to change the pickup location for, then click the Change Pickup Location button.

How do I know my hold items are ready for me to pick up?

You will receive an email, text or phone notification based on the preference selected in your account.

Can I check items out if I got my card online?

With an online card, you can check out digital materials, but not physical items. To update your online card, please bring identification and go to the information desk at one of the libraries listed above. Let us know you have a digital card and we’ll take it from there.

Can I request items from other libraries in the Black Gold Cooperative?

Beginning Thursday, July 1, you will be able to request items from other libraries in the Black Gold Cooperative. Delivery services are scheduled to resume between the Black Gold Cooperative member libraries on Friday, July 2nd. Until that time, materials for hold requests are limited to items in the local collections of the SLO County Libraries and the Paso Robles Library. Items from Black Gold Libraries can be returned at any time to your local library.

I have a question about my account. Is there anyone who can help me?

Please call one of the libraries listed above and staff can assist you.

I have a reference question. Is there anyone who can help me?

Please call one of the libraries listed above and staff can assist you, or visit us online and use our Ask a Librarian online service

What library resources are available?

Most circulating library materials are available for checkout. Place your holds on our online catalog for pickup, call in your requests, or browse our collections for the materials you wish to borrow. Because we are restarting service in some of our locations, some items and services such as VR Headsets, in-house magazines, newspapers, passport services, and Friends of the Library bookstores may not be available at this time. Check with your local branch for more information

Are public computers available?

Some public computers are available at each library. Computers are spaced 6 feet apart, and computer sessions are limited to a one-hour session per day. Mobile printing is available. Chromebooks, Wi-Fi hotspots, and Launchpads are available for checkout.

What safety measures are you taking?

Library staff are following State and County guidelines to ensure safety by maintaining separate workspaces, sanitizing workstations, and wearing masks when appropriate. Patrons who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 are required to wear masks and are encouraged to maintain a distance of 6 feet from others. The spaces inside the libraries have been adjusted to accommodate distancing; furniture will be arranged with safety in mind.

We are not able to guarantee the safety of shared library materials. During this time, it is recommended that you consult the CDC guidelines on how to protect yourself from exposure to COVID-19, and use our Digital Library if you have any concerns.

Can I donate materials to the Library at this time?

Please check with your local branch.

Can I pick up items on hold for another person ?

Yes. Please bring the library card of the person who requested the hold items and you can pick up their items.

How can I pay a fine on my library account?

We encourage you to contact library staff before paying fines on your account. If you need to make a payment, you can pay online by logging into your account and using a credit card, or you can visit a branch and pay by credit card or cash.