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Mission Statement

Vision:  Learn. Lead. Live.  With Your Library!

Mission Statement: The Torrance Public Library provides outstanding services, exceptional resources, and accessible spaces to support an independent, literate, and informed public.

Contact the City Librarian   Hillary Theyer at or 310-618-5950

Library Locations, Hours, and Circulation Services

Torrance Libraries will be closed as follows during 2014:
December 24 and 25, December 31. 

Torrance Libraries will be closed as follows during 2015:   
January 1, January 18, January 19, February 12, February 15 - 16, April 05, May 10, May 16 (Main Library Only), May 24- 25, July 03-04, September 07, November 11,  November 26-29,  December 24-27, December 31.  

For irregular closure notices, see the LIBRARY NOTICES on the home page

2014-2015 Sundays from 1:00pm-5:00pm 

September 14, September 21, September 28, October 5, October 12, October 19, October 26, November 2, November 16, November 23, December 7, December 14, December 21, December 28, January 4, January 11, January 25, February 1, February 8, February 22, March 1, March 8, March 15,  March 22,  March 29, April 12,  April 19, April 26, May 3, May 17, May 31, June 7.


Katy Geissert Civic Center Library

Address   Hours
3301 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance  90503

Phone: (310) 618-5959
  Monday-Thursday: 10am to 9pm
Friday: 10am to 6pm
Saturday: 10am to 5:30pm
Sunday: 1pm to 5pm September through June

El Retiro Branch Library

Address   Hours
126 Vista Del Parque
Redondo Beach  90277

Phone: (310) 375-0922
  Monday - Thursday 11am to 8pm
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Henderson Branch Library



4805 Emerald St.
Torrance  90503

Phone: (310) 371-2075

Monday - Thursday 11am to 8pm
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: CLOSED

North Torrance Branch Library




3604 Artesia Blvd.
Torrance  90504

Phone: (310) 323-7200



Monday - Thursday 11am to 8pm
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: CLOSED


Southeast Branch Library

Address   Hours
23115 S. Arlington Ave.
Torrance  90501

Phone: (310) 530-5044
  Monday - Thursday 11am to 8pm
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Walteria Branch Library




3815 W. 242nd St.
Torrance  90505

Phone: (310) 375-8418
  Monday - Thursday 11am to 8pm
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Organization of the collection:

The Library's collection is organized by the Dewey Decimal Classification. This system uses a numbering scheme to group books according to subject. The numbers and corresponding subject areas are:

000-099 General Works
100-199 Philosophy
200-299 Religion
300-399 Social Sciences
400-499 Language
500-599 Pure Sciences
600-699 Applied Sciences (Technology)
700-799 Fine Arts
800-899 Literature
900-999 History

Each item that the library owns (books, music scores, videotapes, etc.) has a label containing a three-digit number usually followed by a decimal point and some more numbers and letters. This is the item's Call Number. The first three numbers before the decimal point correspond to the subject areas listed above. A search by call number is part of the Library's electronic catalog.


The regular circulation period is three weeks from the day that the book, audio-cassette, or music CD is checked out.  7-day check-out materials such as videocassettes and DVDs are labeled as such.  'Vacation loans' of eligible materials are for six weeks; vacation loans are not allowed on 7-day materials or on new books.   Books, DVDs, CDs, and videocassettes may be renewed up to two times by using the "My Account" feature in the web catalog.  If there is a request/hold on an item, it cannot be renewed.   If the screen asks for "User ID", that is your library card number (barcode number), and your PIN number (the last four digits of your home phone number [that the Library has on file]).

The following materials are not available for check out: Reference books, newspapers, and adult magazines at Katy Geissert Civic Center Library.

Library patrons must be 18 years or older to borrow videos and DVDs

Fines and Fees

Due to budget constraints, starting July 1, 2003, there will no longer be a grace period for return of library materials.  Fines begin accruing the day after the materials are due. 

New Library Cards
Library cards are valid for three years and can be renewed at no charge
No charge
Temporary card (if you forget your card and staff has to look up your card number) $.50
Lost/stolen/misplaced card $5.00
Damaged library card No charge
Requests (for materials owned by Torrance Public Library) Adult - $.75, Juvenile - $.15
Requests (Interlibrary loan) $5.00 -Adult and juvenile
Overdue fines

$.30/day for adult items
$2.00/day for videos and DVDs

  $.30/day for juvenile items
Processing fee for lost items $10.00
Photocopy and microfiche reader printers $.20 per page (.15 with copy card)
Printers attached to PC workstations $.15 per page
Color Printing and Copying (Civic Center Library only) $.50 per page
Typewriters (you must bring your own paper) $.25 for 20 minutes
Torrance Public Library books and materials can be returned to ANY Torrance Library,
not necessarily to the one the items were checked out from