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YOUR LIBRARY ACCOUNT  HOURS AND LOCATIONS  LIBRARY SERVICES  RESEARCH SERVICES  COMPUTER SERVICES  PROGRAMS AND EVENTS  YOUTH PROGRAMS AND SERVICES  DONATIONS, BOOK SALES, AND SUPPORT GROUPS  WORKING AND VOLUNTEERING AT THE TORRANCE PUBLIC LIBRARY 

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YOUR LIBRARY ACCOUNT

How do I apply for a Library card?
You must be a California resident to register for a library card.  After completing the library card application available at any Torrance Public Library location, you will need to present photo identification and proof of your current address, such as a California Driver's License or California State ID.  Photo ID without a current address must be accompanied by printed personal mail postmarked within two weeks.

You may also complete a library card application online available on the Torrance Public Library website.  Once you have completed the online application, you will need to visit one of the Library's six locations to pick up your card.  You will need to present photo identification and proof of your current address, such as a California Driver's License or California State ID.  Photo ID without a current address must be accompanied by printed personal mail postmarked within two weeks.

Can my child apply for a library card? 
Can my child apply for a library card? 
The Torrance Public Library encourages all youth under 18 to obtain their own library card.  A child can apply for his or her own Torrance Public Library Card when a parent or adult guardian believes the child can handle all the responsibilities that having a card entails.   A parent or an adult caregiver must agree to assume all responsibility for materials borrowed by the minor under 18.   

A parent/guardian must present photo identification that includes a parent's or guardian's name and current address, such as a California Driver's License or California State ID.  Photo ID without a current address must be accompanied by personal mail postmarked within two weeks.

Juvenile library card holders are able to borrow books, magazines, CDs, Read-alongs and books on CD, and have access to the Torrance Public Library's databases.  An additional benefit for juvenile library card holders is the use of the Torrance Public Library's Homework Center computers located at Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, North Torrance Library, and Southeast Library.
 
Can I get a library card for my foster child?
Foster caregivers may sign their foster children (under 18) up for a special Foster Child Library Card which will not be charged overdue fees for library materials returned after the due date.  Children and young adults must be participants in the DCFS Los Angeles County, Out of Home Care (OHC) system.  Besides providing the typical proof of identity (please see "How do I apply for a library card?"), foster caregivers must also provide one of the following DCFS documents: Agency-Relative Caregiver's Declarations and Agreement, or Agency Group Home Agreement.

I have a library card with a library other than the Torrance Public Library; can I use it at the Torrance Library?
No, patrons must have a current Torrance Public Library card in order to check out materials.

What is a "PIN" and how does it work?
Your "PIN," or Personal Identification Number, is the last four digits of the contact phone number you provided to the Library when you registered.  The Library's automated services such as telephone renewal, self-checkout, and Internet computers will ask for your PIN.  The PIN increases the security of your library card.

How can I check the status of my library account?
You may check your account online and by phone.  Please telephone 310-618-5969, have your Library card number and PIN (personal identification number; the last four digits of your phone number) available, and obtain account information including due dates, overdue fines, and the status of requested items.  You can also call the automated line at 310-618-2785 and check your account with your library card number and PIN.

To check your account online, from the Library's home page click on the "My Account" link.  You will be prompted for your library card number and PIN.

How do I inform the Library if I change my address?
If you change your address, please contact the Library in person or by phone at 310-618-5969. You will be asked to verify your I.D.

What are the borrowing limits on my library card?
You may have a maximum of 50 items on your card at any given time, including ten videotapes or DVDs.  Minors (under age 18) may not check out video/DVD items. 

What are the loan periods for library materials?
Most books, compact discs, and cassettes check out for three weeks (some items in high demand have restricted loan periods).  Videos and DVDs check out for seven days.

How do I reserve (place a hold on) library materials?
There are two ways of reserving library materials: to place a hold for a single item, search for the item by title, author, subject, from the Library's website, review the matching results, click on the "details" button on the left hand side of the screen next to the item you wish to place a hold on.  Click on "Place Hold" in the box on the right hand side of the screen.  Fill out the form entering your library card number, your PIN (the last four digits of the contact telephone number you provided to the Library when you registered), and choose a Library location where you wish to pick up your hold.  There is a charge of 75¢ per item placed on hold.

You may also place a hold either in person or over the telephone at any Torrance Library location.  If an item is available, it can be pulled from the shelf by staff and held for three days at no charge.

If I check out a book at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, can I return it to my local neighborhood branch?
Yes.  You may return and renew items at any Torrance Public Library location.  This includes any of Torrance Public Library's six locations, including the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, El Retiro Library, Henderson Library, North Torrance Library, Southeast Library, and Walteria Library.

How do I renew library materials?
There are three ways to renew borrowed materials.  You may renew online, over the telephone, or in person.  Library materials may be renewed online using the My Account link from the Library Catalog.  When renewing items online, all items eligible for renewal will have a check box next to them.  To renew specific items, click in the boxes to select each item, then click on "Renew Selected Items."

Library materials may be renewed in person at any of Torrance Public Library's six locations.

To renew by phone, including hours when the Library is closed, telephone 310-618-2785 and select option 1 for the Library's automated features from a touch-tone phone.  You must have your Library card number and PIN (the last four digits of the telephone number you provided to the Library when you registered). 

Most library materials can be renewed twice.  Items that have holds ("requests") placed on them by other patrons cannot be renewed.  You cannot renew items if you have overdue fines totaling more than $25, if you have materials that are more than 21 days overdue, or if activity has been blocked on your account.

Please remember that renewal of overdue items will generate fines.  If fines exceed the limit of $25, borrowing privileges are suspended until the fine balance is brought below the limit. Please contact Library staff for more information.

Can I renew Library materials online?
Yes.  Library materials may be renewed online using the "My Account" link from the Library's online catalog.  To renew items online, you will need your Library card number and PIN (the last four digits of the phone number you provided to the Library when you registered).  To access My Account, click on the "My Account" link from the Library Catalog.

Can I renew Library materials over the phone?
Yes.  Please telephone 310-618-2785 to renew by phone. You must have your Library card number and PIN (your PIN is the last four digits of the telephone number you provided to the Library when you registered). 

How many times can I renew library materials? 
Most library materials may be renewed twice.  Items that have reserves placed on them by other patrons cannot be renewed.  You cannot renew items if you have overdue fines totaling more than $25, if you have materials that are more than 21 days overdue, or if activity has been blocked on your account.

What are the overdue fines for library materials? 
The fines for overdue items are as follows:

Adult books, magazines, and audiotapes/CDs 30¢ per day per item
Juvenile books, magazines, and audiotapes/CDs 30¢ per day per item
All videos/DVDs $2.00 per day per item

What are the different ways I can pay my fines?
Library fines can be paid at any Torrance Public Library location by cash or check; the Library cannot accept payment by credit/debit cards or ATM cards at this time.

Payments by check can be mailed to the Library at this address:

Torrance Public Library
Attention: Circulation
3301 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA  90503

Please include the Library card number on the check

What do I do if I have lost or damaged library materials?
If you have lost or damaged library materials, you will need to pay for the cost of the item, as well as any processing fees associated with it.  If you find a lost item within 30 days of paying for it, you may return it, with your original receipt, to any Torrance Library location and the City will refund the cost of the item; however, the processing fee for a lost item is not refundable.

What do I do if my library card is lost or stolen?
Please call 310-618-5969 to report a lost or stolen card.  You are responsible for all items checked out on your library card, so please make your report as soon as possible.  There is a $5.00 charge for replacing a Torrance Public Library card.

What is a Teacher Loan Library Card and how do I obtain one?
The Torrance Public Library is pleased to offer educators the use of a Teacher Loan Library Card.  This card is designed to help educators keep materials borrowed for their classroom use separate from their personal library account.

Individuals employed as pre-school through high school teachers in public or private schools within the City of Torrance may obtain a Teacher Loan Library Card.  Schools that have a Torrance mailing address but are located in the Los Angeles City strip or Los Angeles County strip are not eligible for this program.

To qualify for a card, teachers must present a letter on their employer's letterhead verifying their employment as a classroom teacher.  The card will be effective for one school year (September 1 through August 31 of the following year).

Parents/caregivers who homeschool their children and live within the City of Torrance may obtain one Teacher Library Card per family with proof of certification.

Teacher Loan Library Cards must be renewed each September.

This Library card is to be used for classroom, educational, and professional materials only.  The same lending policies apply to this card as with other Torrance Public Library cards.

  • A maximum of 50 items may be checked out concurrently using this card.
  • Most books, CDs, and books-on-tape or CD may be checked out for three weeks and be renewed twice, unless there is a "hold" placed on that item.
  • Selected books in high demand subjects (state reports, California missions, holidays, etc.) have a 7-day limit and cannot be renewed.
  • DVDs and videos may be checked out using this card.  A maximum of ten DVDs or videos may be checked out concurrently.  Audiovisual materials check out for seven days and can be renewed twice, unless there is a "hold" placed on that item.

It is suggested that teachers keep a record of all books and audiovisual materials checked out using their Teacher Loan Library Card prior to distributing materials in the classroom.

Holders of the card will be held responsible for the return of all materials checked out using the Teacher Loan Library Card.  The standard fines for materials will be charged for any overdue materials:  Books and audio materials are 30¢ per day, DVDs and videos are $2.00 per day.

All materials loan policies, including fines and fees for damaged or lost materials, apply.

Does the Library have an App?
Yes, the Torrance Library is now at your fingertips! Search for books, DVDs, audiobooks, CDs and more. Get hours, locations, and maps to all Torrance Public Library locations. Place holds on items to pick up when they become available. Check your account status.  Renew your materials.  Find Library events. Follow us on Facebook.

Simply visit  http://www.torrance.boopsie.com/  on your mobile phone to download.

The Torrance Public Library would like to thank the Friends of the Torrance Library for sponsoring this mobile application.

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HOURS AND LOCATIONS

Where are the Torrance Libraries?
Torrance Public Library has six convenient locations, including the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, El Retiro Library, Henderson Library, North Torrance Library, Southeast Library, and the Walteria Library.

Library materials can be checked out, renewed or returned to any of these libraries located throughout the City of Torrance.

For a detailed schedule of hours and maps, click here.

What are the Library's hours?
For a detailed list of the libraries and their hours, click here.

Where can I park at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library?
The Katy Geissert Civic Center Library is located in the Torrance Civic Center Complex on the corner of Torrance Blvd. and Madrona Ave.  Parking is available behind the building on the north side.  Some areas are restricted for use by Los Angeles County court house staff.  Some areas are restricted to two hour parking.  Please be mindful of signage.  For a detailed map, click here.

Which Library is closest to my home?
To view library locations and hours, click here.

Does the Library have book drops?
All locations have book drops available for the return of borrowed materials after hours.

The borrower remains responsible for items until they are checked in; therefore, if a book drop is full or jammed, do not leave items hanging out of the book drop or outside the Library.  If you encounter a full book drop, please return the items the next day and explain the situation to the Library staff member at the service desk.  You will not be charged an overdue fine for items returned in the book drop after hours on the due date.  You may deposit any Torrance Public Library materials in any Torrance Public Library book drop.

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LIBRARY SERVICES

Can I reserve the Community Meeting Room at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library? 
The Torrance Public Library Community Meeting Room may be reserved by contacting the City of Torrance General Services Department at 310-781-7150 or by clicking here.  Please consult with their facilities booking staff for rates and room availability.  Library staff is not able to reserve the room for the general public.

How do I reserve a study room? 
The only location with study rooms available for public use is at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library.  To reserve a study room in advance, you must visit the Library in person.  Study rooms may be reserved for a maximum of two hours a day, twice a week.  Staff is unable to take reservations over the telephone.

Can I register to vote at the Library and how can I find out where to vote? 
Voter registration forms are available at all Torrance Public Libraries.  You can also visit http://www.lavote.net/  to find your polling place.  The City of Torrance City Clerk's office in City Hall also has voter registration forms.

Does the Library have computers available for word processing? 
The Library offers public computers equipped with Microsoft Office business applications (e.g. MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) at all library locations. 

Does the Library have photocopiers and/or printers for public use? 
Photocopiers and printers are provided at all library locations for self-service use by patrons.  Black and white copies and printouts cost .15¢ per page. Color copies and color printouts are available only at the main library for 50¢ per page.

Does the Library have scanner for public use? 
The Library does offer a scanner for use within the Library. The scanner is available to loan at the main library. The machine scans in both black and white and in color. The images can then be retrieved on any public computer for emailing or printing.

Does the Library have FAX machine for public use? 
The Library does offer FAX services. The public fax machine is installed in the copy machine room at the main library. The machine only accepts credit/debit cards, no cash or checks. The machine does not receive faxes.

The cost is:
Domestic calls: $1.50 for the first page and $1.00 each additional page
International calls: $4.95 for the first page and $3.45 each additional page

Does the Library offer chat or e-mail a librarian reference service? 
The Library does not offer "real time" online chat reference service at this time. However, there are many useful resources available through the Library's Online Resources.  Questions may also be submitted to the City Librarian via the e-mail link on the Library's home page.   Responses to inquiries are generally provided within a 24-48 hour period.

How do I download digital or E-books? 
The Torrance Public Library offers e-books.  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, however, you can adjust the date due. At this time, the service is not compatble with the original Kindle and Nook devices.

e-book instructions

e-book portal

Does the Library accept U.S. passport applications? 
The Library does not accept or process U.S. passport applications; however, the Torrance City Clerk's office at City Hall is an official passport application acceptance facility, by appointment from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.  Please telephone 310-618-2870 or visit http://www.torranceca.gov/10035.htm for more information.

Does the Library provide tax forms?
The Library does not provide tax forms. You may use Library computers to access the IRS  and California State Franchise Tax Board  websites to search, view, and print forms.  Standard printing costs apply.

You can find forms online at these websites:

California Franchise Tax Board 

Internal Revenue Service 

Does the Library provide services to people who are unable to visit the Library? 
The Torrance Public Library provides the home delivery service Words on Wheels (WOW), to individuals unable to visit the Library in person.  Volunteers deliver a variety of materials including books (including large print), audiobooks (cassette or CD), and music.  Based on personal interests, volunteers select materials and schedule a regular delivery and pick-up time. Talking books and machines from the Braille Institute are also available and staff can help register individuals for that service.

To sign up or for more information, please contact the Words on Wheels Coordinator at 310-618-5950 or print out the registration form (Adobe PDF File) and return it to the Words on Wheels Coordinator at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library.

Does the Library offer examination proctoring services?

Proctoring services are available at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library Monday through Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  All exams will be proctored by a Reference Librarian.

In addition, the following libraries in the South Bay offer proctoring services: 

El Camino College Community Education Office           310-660-6460
Redondo Beach Public Library                                        310-318-0676 ext. 2532
Palos Verdes Library                                                        310-377-9584 ext. 551

What type of exams does the Library proctor?

 
The Library proctors both print and online exams.  Students are responsible for testing the Library's computers in advance of the exam date to determine if the that the City's network firewall does not interfere with the exam site. It is recommended that online exams be scheduled well in advance of the deadline in case of unforeseen downtime.  Note: the Library cannot proctor exams that use the ATI Testing platform (http://www.atitesting.com/ ) due to operational difficulties.

Where will the exams be held?

Exams will be proctored on the main floor of the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library.  Library staff cannot guarantee absolute silence, privacy, or constant supervision.  Tests may will be taken utilizing a study room, carrel, or table based on availability.  For online exams, tests will be conducted using a Library public Internet terminal. 
 
How much does this service cost?

The fee is $50 per exam, or per session of short exams not to exceed three hours, payable by cash or check (made out to City of Torrance).  This fee covers photocopying, however any returned mail, FedEx, or UPS charges must be covered by the student or the school in addition to the $50 fee.

How do I schedule an exam?

Please click here and fill out this questionaire.  Please allow a minimum one week for Library staff to schedule an exam. 

It is the responsibility of the student to arrange for all test materials to be sent to the library location, call to confirm receipt, and schedule an appointment to take the exam.  All deadlines, including mailing, are the responsibility of the student, who should take into account delays in mailing, scheduling a time with the proctor, or days which the library is closed.

If the student is late, cancels the appointment, or fails to appear for the exam, it is up to him/her to reschedule.  The Library is not responsible for unforeseen events such as network or equipment failure, lost or delayed mail, proctor absence or illness, or library closure.  The student must adhere to all library rules of conduct when taking the exam.

If I need to mail my exam in advance, to whom should I mail it to?

Torrance Public Library
ATTENTION: Exam Proctors/Reference
3301 Torrance Blvd.      
Torrance, CA 90503

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RESEARCH SERVICES

How do I ask a question? 
The Library answers thousands of questions each day.  For immediate assistance, please contact the Library at 310-618-5959 during open hours.  Staff at all locations is available to assist with reference and reader's advisory inquiries.  You may also submit a question by e-mailing the City Librarian; the e-mail link is available on the Library's home page.  Staff makes every effort to respond to e-mail inquiries within 24-48 hours.

How do I find a book? 
Torrance Public Library categorizes non-fiction materials according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System and arranges fiction materials in alphabetical order by the author's last name (i.e., Stephen King is filed under K for King).  Access the Library's online catalog from any computer (in the Library or remotely from home) with Internet access.  Search for materials by author, title, subject, or keyword.  Once you have located a desired title, write down the item's call number or the author's last name respectively.

At the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Dewey classification numbers 000-699 and 800-999 are located on the main floor, while fiction, biographies, and 700s are located on the Upper Level.  Youth materials are located on the Upper Level and have the letter "J" in front of the Dewey number if non-fiction, and in front of the author's last name if the item is fiction.

Audiobooks are classified similarly to print materials. At the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, adult audiobooks are located on the Lower Level and youth audiobooks are located on the Upper Level.

How do I find a movie? 
Access the Library's online catalog from any computer (in the Library or remotely from home) with Internet access.  Search for movies by actor, title, subject or keyword.  Once you have located a desired title, write down the item's call number.

At the Civic Center Library, adult movies are located on the Lower Level while youth movies are located on the Upper Level.

How do I find an article? 
Access to periodical indexes and full-text articles may be found by going to the Online Resources page located on the Library's homepage.  You will find databases containing full-text articles, including EBSCOHost, ProQuest Newspapers, and Newsbank, which provides access to articles in the Daily Breeze.  You may ask for assistance on the use of these resources by calling or visiting the Reference Desk (310-781-7599). 

Can I recommend the Library purchase an item?
Suggestions and recommendations for purchase are always welcome.  You may make suggestions online via the Library's online catalog or in person at any of the Library's six locations.  Each suggestion is reviewed by staff in accordance with the Library's Collection Development Policy.  Unfortunately, the Library cannot guarantee the purchase of every recommendation.

Does the Library provide copies of obituaries?
Reference Staff will search up to three names for obituaries in the columns of the Daily Breeze (1966 - present) or the Torrance Herald (1914-1970).  Requests must include the decedent's full name and date of death.  Staff will only search for those individuals who passed away within the City of Torrance.  There is no fee for this service; however, please allow up to three weeks for a response.  Please use the online "Obituary Request" form located within the Online Resources links on the Library's homepage.

Please check the Social Security Death Index and the California Death Index to verify the deceased's name and date of death before making the request.

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COMPUTER SERVICES

Does the Library have computers available for word processing and the creation of other documents? 
The Library offers public computers equipped with Microsoft Office business applications (e.g. MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) at all library locations.

Does the Library have scanner for public use? 
The Library does offer a scanner for use within the Library. The scanner is available to loan at the main library. The machine scans in both black and white and in color. The images can then be retrieved on any public computer for emailing or printing.

Does the Library provide wireless access? 
Free wireless service is available at all of the Library's facilities.  Patrons need to bring in their own laptop PCs, PDAs, or other devices equipped with a wireless card in order to access the Internet for free.  Branch Libraries require a username and password to access wireless Internet access.  There is no username and password required for access at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library.

This service is available all hours the Library is open and shuts down automatically when the Library closes. Please see a Library staff member if you have questions or problems accessing the wireless network, or call 310-781-7599.

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PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Does the Library conduct any programs? 
The Torrance Public Library offers a wide variety of informational, cultural, educational, and recreational programs.  To view a schedule online, simply browse the City of Torrance Events Calendar at www.TorranceCA.Gov/events and select 'Library.'  You can search for events of all types, such as storytimes, author visits, book clubs, craft activities, and more.  You can narrow your search to a specific day, and even create your own calendar for just the events you want!

A printed Torrance Public Library Calendar of Events is also available at each Library location; a limited supply is prepared and updated each month. 

Does the Library have any programs or services targeted for special age groups (Baby Boomers, Seniors)?
Torrance Public Library Lifelong Information Networks and Knowledge (LINK) is a grant-funded project designed to link Baby Boomers (individuals aged 46-64) with local community services and programs, and provide increased access to educational, informational, cultural, and recreational opportunities in the South Bay.  The Library maintains a website with links to local resources, as well as a blog  that is frequently updated; you may subscribe to the blog at http://torrancepubliclibrary.wordpress.com/ ; please scroll down the right-hand column to the section labeled "email subscription."  The Library also purchased special materials that are marked with a LINK label  and the Library presents LINK programs on topics of interest to the Baby Boomer-aged population.  Please check the Torrance Public Library Calendar of Events or the City of Torrance Events Calendar for LINK program listings.

The Library also partners with community agencies to present programs of interest to Seniors.  Recent examples are the Torrance Police and Community Services Department's series, "Seniors - Don't Be Scammed!"  For program listings, please check the Torrance Public Library Calendar of Events or the City of Torrance Events Calendar under the category Seniors.

Can I reserve the Community Meeting Room at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library? 
The Torrance Public Library Community Meeting Room may be reserved by contacting the City of Torrance General Services Department at 310-781-7150or by clicking here.  Please consult with their facilities booking staff for rates and room availability.  Library staff is not able to reserve the room for the general public.

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YOUTH PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

What is 1st Grade Outreach?
Each October, the Torrance Public Library conducts a library card campaign for all Torrance first graders.  In an effort to aid each student to become a successful reader, the library encourages them to apply for and receive a free Torrance Public Library Card.  Students do not need to be Torrance residents.  First graders that visit any Torrance Library and either apply for or present an existing library card in October will receive a paperback book for their own personal library and a special gift.  In addition, they will receive full borrowing privileges for books, CDs, Read-alongs, and magazines, as well as access to the Library's databases and use of Homework Center Computers.

Please see "Can my child apply for a library card?" for a description of the application process.  A parent or adult caregiver must sign the application of any minor under 18 and supply photo identification and proof of address.  By doing so, they are agreeing to assume all responsibility for materials borrowed by a minor.

Can my group visit the library?
Yes, the Torrance Public Library welcomes and encourages group visits for library tours, storytime programs, bibliographic instruction, and library orientation. 

How do I schedule a visit? 
Teachers/group leaders/caretakers should call or visit the library and ask to speak with the Youth Services Librarian or his/her designee.  Schedule as soon as possible - libraries are popular destinations and may not be able to accommodate all requests, especially last minute ones.

Please refer to the Group Visit Policy for further details.

What programs does the Torrance Public Library offer for youth?
After-school programs sponsored by the Torrance library are free to all Torrance and non-Torrance residents. The programs may be a movie, story and craft activity, or a performer (sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library).  Unless otherwise stated, no pre-registration is required and programs are geared toward elementary school children.  

Please check the online calendar (http://www.TorranceCA.Gov/Events), or call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964 for more information.

Does Torrance Public Library have a story hour for children?
Torrance Public Library offers Babytime, Toddlertime, and Family Storytime at various times and locations throughout the library system. 

Babytime is designed for babies aged 6-18 months with their caregiver. Designed to build pre-literacy skills, this story time features music, movement, nursery rhymes, games and other activities for the caregiver and baby to sing, tickle, bounce and wiggle to for approximately 25 minutes.  In addition, Babytime includes a 30 minute social component which allows the caregiver and baby to interact with other participants and play.

Toddlertime is designed for children 18 months to three years old with a parent or caregiver.  Focusing on early literacy, Toddlertime incorporates stories, songs and fingerplays and lasts approximately 25 minutes.

Family Storytime is open to the entire family. Family storytime themes change from week to week as the librarian chooses stories, songs, and fingerplays appropriate to the audience.  The storytime last approximately 30 minutes.

Please check the online calendar (http://www.TorranceCA.Gov/Events), or call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964 for more information. 

Does Torrance Public Library offer any programs for babies?
Yes, Babytime is designed for babies aged 6-18 months and their caregiver. This story time features songs and stories for the caregiver and baby to sing, tickle, bounce and wiggle to for approximately 25 minutes. Babytime also includes a 30 minute social component which allows the caregiver and baby to interact with other participants and play.

Can I bring my child's older/younger sibling to storytime?
Siblings and close friends are always welcome to participate in storytime.

Can I drop my child off at storytime?
The storytimes at Torrance Public Library are designed for children to enjoy stories and songs with their caregivers. Children ages 8 and under cannot be left unattended in the library at any time. 

Do I need to register for storytimes?
Registration is not required for any storytime at Torrance Public Library, however due to space limitations, participants are encouraged to arrive early.  

How long is storytime?
Storytimes last approximately 25-35 minutes.

Where can I find the songs or books used in storytime?
The librarian will be more than happy to help you find the book or song that your child loves.

When is storytime?
Torrance Public Library offers story times at each of its six locations.  Typically the story times run for three sessions - Fall, Winter and Spring - during the year. Each session is approximately eight weeks.  Story times are also offered during the summer during the Summer Reading Program.  Please check the online calendar (http://www.TorranceCA.Gov/Events/), or call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964 for more information.

What is the Summer Reading Program?
Each summer each of the six Torrance Public Libraries offers a Summer Reading Program to encourage youth to read during the summer.  Please see http://www.TorranceCA.Gov/SummerReading for complete details. 

Does the Torrance Library have books from my child's school summer reading list?
Many of the Torrance Unified School District's schools have a summer reading requirement.  The Torrance Public Library supports the schools, teachers, students, and parents/caregivers by purchasing and cataloging copies of these titles when possible under the guidance of the Collection Development Policy.  Visit the Library's online catalog at http://www.library.torranceca.gov/ and use a key word search with your child's school name, grade level, and year (i.e., Torrance Unified School District fifth grade 2010, Madrona Middle School seventh grade 2010, Torrance High sophomore 2010) to find what books are on the list and where they are available.

What services do you have to help students with homework?
The Library has three different homework assistance services - Homework Helpers, Homework Centers, and HelpNow.

Homework Helpers are high school and adult volunteers that work in libraries after school to help younger students with assignments.  This is not tutoring; however, if a student brings an assignment or needs to study for a test, the Homework Helpers will assist.  Homework Helpers is offered at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Henderson Library, North Torrance Library, Southeast Library, and Walteria Library during the school year.  No reservation is necessary.  Please call the individual library for more information and hours Homework Helper volunteers are available for assistance.

Homework Centers are dedicated areas and resources for homework needs including computers, textbooks, and school supplies.  Computers are furnished with Microsoft Office software and Internet access, and limited printing for homework needs is free.  A Torrance Public Library card issued to an individual under age 18 is required for use at the Homework Center.  Homework Centers are located at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, the North Torrance Library, and the Southeast Library.  Please contact the individual library for details.

HelpNow is an online service that connects students, grades K-12 and introductory college level, with trained tutors available via the Internet.  A Torrance Public Library card is required to use this service; however it may be accessed from any Internet-enabled computer.  Please visit the Library's website at http://www.Library.TorranceCA.Gov/ and click on "Brainfuse Online Tutoring" for more information.  Assistance is available seven days/week from 1:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.  HelpNow is generously sponsored by theFriends of the Torrance Library.

How are children expected to behave in the library?
While children are in the library, parents and/or adult caregivers are responsible for monitoring their activities and regulating their behavior.

Any library patron, including children, using inappropriate behavior (see the Library's Standards of Behavior) may be asked to leave the library.

At what age can my child be left in the library?
In general, we ask that you do not leave your child alone in the library.

Children age 8 and under may not be left unattended anywhere in the library and must be accompanied and directly supervised by a responsible adult.

What happens if the library closes before I pick up my child?
Children must be picked up before the library closes.  For the protection of your child, if he/she is not picked up promptly by closing time, staff may contact law enforcement.

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DONATIONS, BOOK SALES, AND SUPPORT GROUPS

Can I donate books (materials) to the Library?
All library locations accept donations of books, DVDs, videocassettes, and music and audiobook CDs.  Materials are evaluated for inclusion in the collection and items not added are given to the Friends of the Torrance Library for their book sales.  At this time, the Friends are NOT accepting magazines and audiocassettes.  Please be advised that once items are donated, they become the property of the Library and/or the Friends - there are no restrictions upon how and where they are used.

Large donations should be dropped off during hours the Library is open at the loading dock behind the Civic Center Library (located in the driveway between the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library and the Victor Benstead Plunge).  Ring the buzzer to the left of the door; library staff is available to unload and bring materials into the building.  There is also a large bin right inside the entrance door at the Civic Center Library where you may place your donations.  Receipts are provided for individuals that wish to claim a deduction for tax filing.

For questions regarding donation of materials (books, DVDs, etc) or book sales, please contact the Friends of the Library at (310) 781-7595. If no one answers, please leave a message and a volunteer will return your call as soon as possible.

Can I donate money or other items to the Library?
The Torrance Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer organization that is led by community leaders whose goal is to raise money for needed construction and renovation projects, as well as enhanced library services and programs.  The Foundation solicits memberships and accepts cash gifts, as well as funds through bequests from wills or trusts, life insurance, and retirement plans.  A membership application is available online at the Foundation's website and in their brochure available at all library locations.  Please telephone Foundation President, Keri Gilbert, or the City Librarian at (310) 618-5950 for more information.

How can I become a Friend of the Torrance Library?
Pick up an application at any Torrance Public Library and return the completed application and dues to any Library staff member, or mail to:

Friends of the Torrance Library
P.O. Box 4005     
Torrance, CA 90510

Does the Library system have book sales for the general public?
The Friends of the Torrance Library, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization comprised entirely of volunteers, is active in promoting development of the Library.  Enhancements for materials, services, and programs are funded through book sales that occur throughout the year.  Call 310-781-7595 for dates and times, or check the 'News & Events' area of the Friends of the Torrance Library website.

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WORKING AND VOLUNTEERING AT THE TORRANCE PUBLIC LIBRARY

How do I get a job at the Library?
The City of Torrance Human Resources Department is responsible for the recruitment and selection of all employees.  Please consult the Career Opportunities section of the Human Resources Department webpage for a list of current job openings.

How do I become a volunteer at the Library? 
Adults and teens are welcome to volunteer at the Library.  Volunteer opportunities are posted on Volunteer Match , or you may contact the Library's Volunteer Coordinator at 310-618-5950.  Children under 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian to volunteer, and anyone over 18 years old must be fingerprinted and background checked by the Torrance Police Department prior to starting work.  The Library tracks service hours and can fill out forms required for service clubs or college applications verifying hours worked.  The Library does not accept court-ordered volunteers. Court-ordered volunteers should contact the Volunteer Center, South Bay .

All volunteers, regardless of age, must submit an application form which may be obtained at any Torrance Library location, or complete the application online at the City's Volunteer webpage.

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