Library Curbside Service

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Service expansion updates:

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.

Library staff are ready to answer your questions on library resources or any reference questions Monday thru Friday, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Call (831) 758-7302 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 https://catalog.salinaspubliclibrary.org
  • 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 record.

  • You can pickup materials on multiple library cards.
  • All pickups at this time are at the El Gabilan Library, 1400 N. Main St., Monday thru Friday, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. 

Lastly, visit your pickup location Monday through Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.: 

  • If driving, follow the signs for Curbside Holds Pickup and park in the designated area.
  • If walking, walk up to the Holds 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?

  • At this time, borrowed library materials can only be returned to El Gabilan Library during curbside service hours Monday thru Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m, and anytime at Cesar Chavez Library's outdoor return box.
  • Returned materials will be quarantined for at least 60 hours 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 during Curbside Service hours!  Let us select 5 children items from our latest collection, and pick them up in one bundle! Bundles are available in English and Spanish. Click here for more information. 

For questions, please call (831) 758-7302 Monday thru Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.