Library membership

Community members can enjoy:

Learn about how to get a library card and your community borrowing privileges.
Types of community borrowers Card cost Additional cards Cost
Community user $60 Additional Family Member $10
Corporate user (includes one card) $250 Additional Employee Card $30
SLO Co. teacher * $30 N/A N/A
SLO Co. senior citizen $30 N/A N/A
SLO Co. high school student * $10 N/A N/A
Cuesta College or Allan Hancock College student * Free N/A N/A
Visiting faculty * Free N/A N/A

* requires a valid school ID, or evidence of current registration for classes, plus a photo ID

  • Loan periods for most library materials: 21 days
  • Loan period for bound periodicals: 4 days

To get a Kennedy Library card

  • Fill out the borrowing application [PDF download]
  • Checks and credit cards payable to Kennedy Library
  • Return or send your application to the Kennedy Library Circulation Desk

    Robert E. Kennedy Library
    Access Services – Circulation
    1 Grand Avenue (Bldg. 31-101)
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0601
    (805) 756-5760

Interlibrary Loan privileges

Please contact borrow, renew, request for information.

Extended reference assistance

Basic library assistance
Basic library assistance is available to all for free.
Advanced reference assistance
Kennedy Library also offers professional library reference assistance for people with more difficult or involved reference questions. $50 per hour.

Borrowing materials

Check out and returning library materials
Check out library materials at the Circulation Desk located at the library entrance.
Return books at the Circulation Desk or at one of the Book Drops outside the library
Renew books online through PolyCat Renewals
Loan Periods and Fines
Learn more on the Circulations Fees and Overdue Fines page
Renewing Books
Most items can be renewed three times online or in person
For more information see the Renewals page.

Managing your account

Use PolyCat, our online catalog, to renew books and check your account status

  1. Select My Account from any PolyCat web session
  2. Use your last name and Library Card Barcode to log in
  3. Once in your record, choose the option you would like to view checked out books, reading history, requested materials, and more

Events and exhibits

The community is welcome at our free events and exhibits.

Join in the conversation, make new friends and have some fun as we explore new ideas together.