Community Members

Types of Community Borrowers Card Cost Additional Cards Cost
Community User$60Additional Family Member$10
Corporate User (includes one card)$250Additional Employee Card$30
SLO Co. Teacher *$30N/AN/A
Cooperating Teacher **FreeN/AN/A
SLO Co. Senior Citizen$30N/AN/A
SLO Co. High School Student *$10N/AN/A
Cuesta College or Allan Hancock College Student or Faculty *FreeN/AN/A
Visiting Faculty *
* Requires a valid school ID, or evidence of current registration for classes, plus a photo ID.
** Cooperating Teachers are teachers currently hosting Cal Poly student teachers. Must register in person with photo ID.
  • Loan period for most library materials: 21 days
  • Loan period for bound periodicals: 21 days

To get a Kennedy Library Card

  • Fill out the Borrowers Application [PDF download]
  • Cash and checks 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. 35-101)
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0601
    (805) 756-5760

Interlibrary Loan Privileges

Interlibrary Loan Privileges for Community Members cost $10 per request. Please contact Interlibrary Loan Services 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

See the Borrowing pages for more information.

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