How It Works
Place a Hold
Login to your account and place a hold through our online catalog. Select one of the available pick up locations.
Make an Appointment
Wait for an email notification letting you know your hold is ready. Once you get this notice, schedule a pickup appointment online or by phone.
Central Library Hours
Monday - Friday • 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Regional and Branch Library Hours
Monday, Wednesday & Friday • 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday • 12:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Pick Up & Enjoy
Pick up your reserved materials outside the library. Wear a face covering while picking up your holds. Loans can be returned at any available bookdrop.
Free Wireless Printing
We offer free remote printing services at all open locations.
What if my local library is not listed above?
Beginning May 3, we will offer limited in-person services at 38 library locations, including Central Library. Select library locations will offer quick browsing, computer use, wireless printing, and Library To Go. We plan to open additional locations as we’re able to safely expand our services.
What about weekend hours?
This is a step of a phased reopening, with the possibility of expanding hours at a later date. Check this page for updates.
How do I place a new hold?
New holds can be placed using our online catalog.
Why are my holds taking so long to arrive?
Holds processing may take longer than normal due to reduced staffing in the branches in order to observe proper social distancing in the workplace.
If I don’t have a mobile phone, how do I alert library staff that I’m at the library?
If you do not have access to a mobile phone, library staff will have your holds out on the table at the designated time and will leave the items on the table for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, staff will return the items to the library for safe-keeping. If you miss your pickup time, please call library staff to arrange another time.
I returned items to the library yesterday. Why are they still on my account?
Due to reduced staffing in the branches to observe proper social distancing in the workplace there may be a delay in returned materials being removed from your account. Since we are now fine-free, you will not see a late fine.
I have several items waiting for me, but I don’t want all of them right now. Can I choose what I want to pick up?
Due to space constraints, we cannot store holds and must distribute them to patrons as soon as they become available.
If you’d like to space out your holds, we’d suggest using the Hold Suspension feature to pick up your items in manageable groups.
- Log into your My Library Account using your library card number (no dashes or spaces) and PIN, the last four digits of your telephone number.
- Click on your Holds list. You can delay receiving pending hold items by checking the titles and clicking Suspend Until at the top of your list. You will be prompted to enter the date you will be available to receive the items.
How can I update my account information to ensure I receive email/phone notifications?
Log into your My Library Account using your library card number (no dashes or spaces) and PIN, the last four digits of your telephone number. Once you're logged in, select Account Summary and then Contact Information, under Summary. You will be able to update your contact information from there.
Can I defer my holds while I am out of town this summer?
Yes. Log into your My Library Account using your library card number (no dashes or spaces) and PIN, the last four digits of your telephone number. Once logged in, select your Holds list. You can delay receiving pending hold items by checking the titles to delay and clicking Suspend Until. You will be prompted to enter the date you will be available to receive the items.
I have books to donate. Should I bring them with me?
Thank you for considering the Los Angeles Public Library for your donation. Unfortunately, we are not accepting donations due to space limitations.