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Hillary Theyer  :  City Librarian   :  tel 310.618.5959   :  fax 310.618.5952
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  • Friends of the Torrance Library Hardback Book Sale!  Friends Members Only pre-sale on Friday, April 25 from 2 - 6 pm (memberships sold at the door staring at 1pm).  Public Sale on Saturday, April 26 from 9 am - 4 pm.
  • The Torrance Public Library does not have tax forms.  For Federal Tax Forms go to and for State Tax Forms go to
  • The Library Centennial Video Contest results are in, click here to view a list of the winners! Click here to watch all the videos on YouTube!
  • The City of Torrance announces a new service available at the Torrance Public Library: E-books!  Electronic books are now available to Torrance Public Library cardholders, through the Library's new ebook portal!  This new service is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Torrance Library.  The Lodi Public Library created a new instructional video on blio and Axis360 that does a great job of explaining how to use Blio.  The video can be accessed here!  You may borrow up to 4 eBooks at a time.  Minimum loan period is 1 day; maximum is 21 days.  Books cannot be returned before their due date.  At this time, the service is not compatible with the original Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Sony, or Nook devices.  This service is also not compatible with Macbook or iMac devices.
  • Take our Playaway Survey!
    Playaway is the simplest way to listen to an audiobook on the go.  With the audio already contained within, and a battery to make it play, there's nothing left to do but plug in the earphones and enjoy.  Click here to search our catalog for playaways.  
  • Email notification saves you time!
    Would you like a quick and easy reminder three days before your items are due? Sign up for the Library's Email Notification System! Simply stop by the Circulation Desk at any Torrance Public Library, call (310) 618-5969 during Library hours, or click here! Sign up for our newsletter to receive a monthly calendar of events and updates from the Library.
  • The Katy Geissert Civic Center Library is open on selected Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. starting in September 2013.
  • Take our Programming Survey!
    The Torrance Public Library provides programming for a diverse community. Programs target youth, adults, and families.  Library programs can be defined as a specific educational, informational, recreational, or cultural group event or activity sponsored by the Library.  To better serve our community, the Library would appreciate your feedback.

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spotlight image>family friends story circle

A new storytime experience for children with special needs and their families.  Space is limited!  You must register in advance.  For more information click here.

Friday, April 4 and 18 May 2 and 16

Katy Geissert Civic Center Library - Polly Watts Story Theater

spotlight image>the buster balloon show

An inflatable extravaganza of vaudevillian entertainment.  For more information call (310) 530-5044.

Saturday, April 12 at 2:00 pm

Southeast Library

>Located inside the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, the Circulation work unit consists of the circulation desk and library page staff

Serving as the main library's customer service unit, Circulation staff can assist you.  From borrowing & returning library items, creating & settling an account, reserving items & answering questions, our Circulation staff is here for you.  If you can't find it in the library, they will!

  • The Torrance Public Library Commission will meet next on Monday, April 14 at 7:00 pm at North Torrance Library - 3604 Artesia Blvd

Hours: Civic Center Library: 10am - 9pm (Mon-Thurs), 10am - 6pm (Fri), 10am - 5:30pm (Sat), 1pm-5pm selected Sundays. Address: 3301 Torrance Blvd., Torrance 90503. 310-618-5959