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As one of the top-ranked libraries in California and one of America’s Star Libraries, the Newport Beach Public Library plays an important role as the cultural, educational and informational heart of the City of Newport Beach. The Central Library and the three branch libraries, Mariners, Balboa, and Corona del Mar, are active centers for information discovery, recreational entertainment, and the celebration of knowledge.  

The Board of Library Trustees is committed to meeting the needs of the diverse audiences within the community through the Central Library and the Branches. NBPL library cards are available free to any California resident showing proper identification.  Out-of-state residents can obtain a NBPL library card for $10.


Borrowing Materials

A Newport Beach Public Library Card is necessary to check out materials, use eBranch resources or use the library computers.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I obtain a library card?

A Newport Beach Public Library Card is required to check out materials, use eBranch resources or use the library computers.

Regarding online registration: We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are experiencing a problem that is connected to a third party vendor and we have had to disable our online library card registrations. Please visit any of the Newport Beach Public Library locations to register for a library card.


How much does a library card cost?

  • Library cards are free for California residents
  • $10.00 annual fee for out-of-state library customers


What happens if I lose my card?

  • Report a lost card immediately!
  • Ask Customer Service for a replacement card.
  • Provide photo ID to receive a free replacement card


How many items can I have checked out at one time?

The maximum number of items which may be checked out to one cardholder is 50 total, any combination of the following:

  • Books - 50
  • Magazines - 50
  • Audio Materials (combination of Audiobooks, CDs and Children's Kits) – 10
  • Video Discs (combination of DVDs, Blu-Rays and Video Games) - 10


How much are late fees?

Fines for Overdue Materials:

  • General Materials - $0.25/day to Maximum
  • DVDs/Blu-rays (non-rental) - $0.25/day to Maximum
  • Rental DVDs/Blu-rays - $1.00/day to Maximum
  • Paperbacks, Periodicals - $0.25/day to Maximum
  • New books - $0.25/day to Maximum
  • CDs - $0.25/day to Maximum
  • Lucky Day Books - $0.25/day to Maximum
  • Video games and eReader - $1.00/day to Maximum
  • Laptop  - $5.00/hour
  • Tech Toys - $5.00/day to Maximum

Maximum Fines:

  • General Materials, Audio Books, Lucky Day Books and ILL Materials - $10.00
  • Paperbacks, Periodicals - $5.00
  • DVDs/Blu-rays - $10.00
  • CDs - $10.00
  • Video games and eReaders- $20.00
  • Laptops - $1,200.00
  • Tech Toys - $100.00

Replacement Cost of Materials - Actual Replacement Cost of Item

When replacement cost cannot be determined, the following averages apply:

  • General Materials - $20.00
  • Periodicals & Paperbacks - $ 5.00
  • DVDs/Blu-rays - $25.00
  • CDs - $20.00
  • Video games - $50.00
  • Laptops and/or peripherals- $1,200.00
  • eReader and/or peripherals - $120.00
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) - Cost as determined by the lending library
  • Tech Toys - $400.00

When materials are replaced, fines paid are applied to replacement and processing charge.  The following Processing Charges apply in addition to Replacement Costs:

  • General Materials, DVDs , Bu-rays, Video Games and eReaders - $10.00
  • Paperbacks (mass market)/Periodicals - $3.00
  • Tech Toys - $20.00

Other Fees:

  • Replacement of Compact Disc Cases - $1.00
  • Replacement of DVD/Blu-ray/BOCD Case - $4.00
  • Fee for Damage to Barcode or RFID tag on Library Materials - $1.00
  • Interlibrary Loan Fee (per item): $5.00


How do I pay my fines?

Customers with overdue fines or Library fees may pay their balance in-person at the library or online.

Online Payment:

  • Fines display immediately after login
  • Customers can click on their fines to view details
  • Select Pay Online and enter payment information


How do I renew a book or other item?

You can renew your items by accessing your account in the library catalog. To renew by telephone, please call 949-717-3837.

Two renewals (equal to the initial checkout period) are allowed on all materials, with the following exceptions:

  • Rental DVDs and Blu-rays cannot be renewed.
  • Lucky Day books cannot be renewed.
  • Tech Toys cannot be renewed.
  • Items which are on hold cannot be renewed.

How do I reserve a book or other item?

You can place a hold:

  • In person at the library or from home through the online catalog or with the assistance of a librarian.
  • By telephone. Call Telephone Reference at 949-717-3800, extension 2.
  • On the Web site by going to the Library Catalog.

The maximum number of holds is 50.

Placing a hold

After doing a search, you may want to see if a particular item is available for checkout. The item record in the library catalog will tell you if the item is "checked in" at a particular branch. If the item is checked in and you want to pick it up the same day, call Telephone Reference at 949-717-3800 extension 2 to request the item.

If the item is not available, you can make a hold request online. The library will then hold the item for you when it becomes available. To request a specific volume of a multi-volume work, call Telephone Reference at 949-717-3800, extension 2.

To request a hold on a library item through the online catalog:

  • Search for a library item.
  • Click the Place Hold button next to the item that you want.
  • Log in to your user account. Type in your last name and the 14 digit NBPL card barcode.
    • The catalog displays the Request Confirmation page. You can see the number of your hold position (or the order in which requests for this item will be filled).
  • Choose a pickup location from the drop-down list.
  • Click Place Hold.
    • The catalog displays a message saying that your request has been placed successfully.
  • Do one of these options:
    • Click Regular Display to return to your search results.
    • Click Logout and Start Over to log out of your account and continue searching


How do I suggest a book for the library to purchase?

Suggest a title (published within the last 12 months) you would like the library to purchase.

Recommendations from the public are welcome. However, requesting a new title does not guarantee that it will be added to the collection. The library acquires materials of both permanent and current interest in all subjects, based upon the merits of a work in relation to the needs and interests of the community.


Does the library offer home delivery of library materials?

NBPL's free homebound delivery service is available to Newport Beach residents who are unable to come to the library due to temporary or long-term illness or disability.

How it works:

  • Once accepted for the service, Homebound Delivery Service customers receive a preferences form to fill out, to help librarians select materials that will meet their needs.
  • A trained volunteer will talk about reading and entertainment preferences with the customer and will serve as a liaison with library staff.
  • Librarians will make every effort to select the kinds of materials the homebound customer will enjoy.
  • After materials are selected, the volunteer will deliver them to the customer and pick up items that were delivered on a previous visit.

If you'd like to receive Homebound Delivery Service, or if you want to participate as a volunteer in the program, please call 949-717-3824.


Can I pickup library materials without parking and coming inside the library?

It is easier than ever to pick up library materials.  You don't even have to get out of your car. We will deliver items directly to you at curbside in front of the Central Library when you call and arrange for curbside delivery of items you have placed on "Hold."  This special service is available at Central Library, during library hours on Monday through Friday.

Here’s how it works:

  • Once you have been notified that your hold is ready for pickup, call the circulation desk @ (949) 717-3850 on the day that you are going to come to the library and request curbside delivery.
  • The clerk answering the phone will need your name and/or library card number in order to locate your items.
  • Give staff enough time to pull your held items and prepare them for your pickup.
  • You will need to bring your picture ID to the Library and have it ready when the items are brought out to the car.
  • When you arrive at the Library, call the circulation desk again @ (949) 717-3850 and let them know you are in the lot.
  • Stay in your car at the front entrance to the Library and a staff member will bring the items out to your car.  Please be sure to have your ID ready to ensure the right items are being delivered to the right customer.

If you have any questions, please call (949) 717-3850, send an email to nbplcirc@newportbeachca.gov or inquire at our website.


How do I renew a book or other item?


How do I renew a book or other item?