Policies

Getting a Library Card

You can register for a card online.

Bring an ID and verification of your address to the library to pick up your library card. Applicants under the age of 18 will require signature of a parent or legal guardian.

There is a fee of $1.00 for replacement cards.

See our full Registration Policy (PDF)

Borrowing Library Materials

Books, sound recordings, and magazines check out for 21 days (three weeks) and can be renewed one time provided no other patron has placed a hold on the item.

Up to 10 DVDs per library card can be checked out for 7 days and can be renewed one time.

If an item is not available, you can place a hold on it. When available, you will be notified that it is available for pick-up.

If an item is not available to borrow from the Camarillo Public Library’s catalog, the item can be requested via Interlibrary Loan from another library system.

Overdue fines for all items checked out of the Camarillo Public Library are $.20 per item per day with a maximum of $10.00 per item. Patrons owing $5 or more in charges will not be allowed to check out materials until their fine is paid.

See our full Circulation Policy (PDF)

Computer Use

The Camarillo Public Library offers computer use with Internet access.

All Internet access stations and the library’s wireless network are filtered to prevent access to materials deemed by law to be harmful to a minor in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act. Patrons who are 18 years of age and over may request unfiltered access, which will be promptly granted by library staff. Access for all patrons under age 18 will be filtered.

The Camarillo Public Library is a wireless zone. Patrons wishing to use the wireless network should inquire with library staff for instructions in how to access the network.

See our full Internet Use Policy (PDF)

Code of Conduct

The Camarillo Public Library is open to the general public. This policy ensures that everyone has the right to use library services and resources provided his or her behavior does not unreasonably interfere with the rights of others to do the same. This policy requires the following specific behaviors be observed in the library:

  • Behavior that is disruptive to others, including staff, is prohibited.
  • Library patrons must be considerate of others in the library and treat other patrons and staff with courtesy and respect, honor other patrons’ privacy, and keep all conversations at a minimum volume. Using harassing or insulting language or behavior will not be tolerated.
  • Personal items must be attended to at all times. Unattended personal items inside or outside library property will be removed and taken to the Lost and Found bin.
  • Per City Council Policy 11.13, Use of Camarillo Library Ancillary Facilities, it is prohibited to use library facilities for campaign purposes or soliciting contributions for political parties, individuals, or groups.
  • Any action recognized as destructive, illegal or dangerous, including carrying weapons is prohibited in the library.
  • All devices, including cell phones must be set to mute or vibrate in the library. All phone calls and voice chat functions are prohibited in the library and must be taken outside or used in areas designated by library staff. Adopted 12/08/2010 Policy 13.01 Amended 01/08/2020 Page 2 of 6
  • Food and beverages (excluding water in a no-spill bottle) may only be consumed in designated areas.
  • If a person creates or emanates a detectable odor that disturbs other library patrons or staff, they will be asked to leave until the situation is corrected.
  • Bicycles, skates, shoes with wheels, skateboards, collapsible scooters and similar means of conveyance may not be used inside the library. Bicycles and scooters must be stored outside at the bicycle rack. Other items listed must be kept with the patron.
  • Smoking or use of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, and vaping, are prohibited on the entire property of the Camarillo Public Library, including the courtyard, parking lot, back lawn, and walkways per City of Camarillo Municipal Code 10.44.020.
  • The consumption of alcohol is prohibited on the premises except for special events that have obtained appropriate City approvals.
  • Shopping carts are not allowed in the library designated patio areas or the courtyard area in front of the library.
  • Shirts/tops, pants/shorts/skirts and shoes must be worn in the library at all times.
  • Sleeping or loitering in the library is prohibited.
  • Only service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are allowed in the library. Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs or other types of animals used for emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals are not considered service animals. No other animals are allowed in the library except with consent of the Library Director for programmed events. The ADA requires that service animals be under the control of the handler at all times.
  • Library restrooms may not be used for bathing, shaving, washing hair or clothes.
  • Furniture without casters cannot be moved. Movable furniture must be returned to its original location. Sitting and lying on the floor is prohibited, except in designated areas or allowed by library staff.
  • Fraudulent use of another patron’s library card and/or number for any purpose, including reserving or using library computers is prohibited.
  • Filming and photography in the library should be for personal use only and kept to a minimum to help protect patron privacy. For questions about filming in the library or to schedule a time to film when the library is not in use please contact [email protected].

RULES FOR SUPERVISION OF MINORS

Parents, caregivers and teachers are responsible for the behavior of children under their supervision. Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible caregiver 12 years old or older. A responsible adult must directly accompany preschool children at all times. Library staff cannot assume responsibility for children at any time. If an unattended child is in the library at closing time, police will be notified and asked to pick up the child. Library staff are not permitted to offer the child transportation home.

See our full Code of Conduct (PDF)