Library Curbside Service

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Current Curbside Service Schedule:

El Gabilan Library  and John Steinbeck Library ►  Monday & Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday - Thursday from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Cesar Chavez Library   ►  Tuesday - Thursday from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Friday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Service Expansion Updates:

Starting Monday, March 1st, curbside services begin at John Steinbeck Library with the following schedule: Monday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Tuesday thru Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The bookmobile services will also be discontinued until further notice. 

Starting Tuesday, November 24th, Bookmobile Services begin on Tuesdays at Lincoln Elementary located at 705 California Street from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m, and Thursday at University Park Elementary located at 833 W. Acacia Street from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Starting Monday, November 2nd, Print/Copy/Fax/Scan services begin during curbside service hours. All services are staff-mediated.

Starting Tuesday, October 20th, curbside services begin at Cesar Chavez Library with the following schedule: Tuesday thru Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Starting Monday, October 19th, El Gabilan Library curbside service hours changes to a new schedule: Monday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Tuesday thru Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Starting Monday, September 15th, library card services (get a new library card, renew an existing library card, or upgrade a digital library card) are available during curbside service hours. Library card by mail application is also available on the website.

Starting Monday, August 31st, library materials can be returned to John Steinbeck Library's outdoor return boxes at any time.

Effective Monday, August 10th, library materials can be returned to Cesar Chavez Library, in addition to El Gabilan Library. At Cesar Chavez Library, borrowed materials can be dropped in the outdoor library return box at any time.

Starting Monday, June 22nd, curbside services begin at El Gabilan Library, Monday thru Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Library staff are ready to answer your questions on library resources or any reference questions Monday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m, and Tuesday thru Thursday from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Call (831) 758-7302 (Cesar Chavez) or (831) 758-7345 (El Gabilan) or (831) 758-7311 (John Steinbeck) to get in touch with one of our Librarians!

Stay safe and get your library materials in a socially distant fashion with simple, easy to follow procedures. 

How does Curbside Pickup work?

First, put your book selection on hold:

  • Log into the library catalog at
  • Select your title or titles (5 items can be requested at one time) and enter your library card to request library items.
  • If you have the maximum number of materials checked out, which is 25 books or materials, you must return some items before you can place a hold on new materials.

Next, wait for notification that your materials are available for pickup. This will be done either via phone, text, or email, depending on what is your preferred method of communication in your library account.

Lastly, visit your pickup location during its curbside service hours: 

  • If driving, follow the signs for Curbside Holds Pickup and park in the designated area.
  • If walking, walk up to the Curbside table at the rear entrance of the library.  
  • Call the designated phone number to let library staff know you have arrived.
  • Face coverings and maintaining 6 foot distance from others is required.
  • Staff will verify your library card/identification card and deliver your requested items to the trunk of your car, or place them on a table for you to pick up.

How do I return borrowed materials to the library?

  • Borrowed library materials can be returned to El Gabilan Library during curbside service hours, and anytime at both Cesar Chavez and John Steinbeck Library's outdoor return boxes.
  • Returned materials will be quarantined for at least 7 days before being checked-in and cleared from your library account.

No late fines are being assessed during the library closure period. All library materials borrowed before library closure due to Covid-19 are due back by October 31st.

We are also happy to announce Grab & Go Bundles for your selection during Curbside Service hours!  Our staff selects 5 items from our latest collection or from a particular theme so you can pick them up in one bundle! Bundles are available in English and Spanish. Click here for more information. 

For questions, please call Call (831) 758-7302 (Cesar Chavez) or (831) 758-7345 (El Gabilan) or (831) 758-7311 (John Steinbeck) Monday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m, and Tuesday thru Thursday from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m