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Your library card is your all-access pass to a wealth of resources. Get yours today.
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Your first card is free and Hayward residence is not required

  1. Complete an online Library card application.

  2. Please come to the library during our open hours to pick up your card. If you are unable to come to the library, we will email your library card number in 2-4 business days, and will mail your card to your home address.  

  3. If you have questions, please call 510-881-7980 or email

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Please note: Library Cards are only issued to California residents.  

Library Open Access Policy

Hayward Public Library has a policy of open access to all materials and information sources. This means that we do not restrict any item in the collection or limit access to the Internet.

It is a parent’s right and responsibility to guide use by minors and ensure that his/her children use the library according to individual family beliefs. The Internet is a valuable resource for information, but some sites may not provide accurate information while others may, in your judgment, be inappropriate for your child.

For more information, email, call 510-881-7980, or chat with us online.