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Palm Springs Public Library General Information:


Board of Trustees and Board Meeting Information

BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES

The Library Board of Trustees is comprised of residents of Palm Springs appointed by the City Council:

Ron Willison, President
Ashley Dunphy, President Pro Tem
Linda Futterer, Treasurer
Harry R. Courtright, Trustee

Ed McBride, Trustee

Please visit the About Us Page for more information about the Board of Library Trustees and for Library Board agendas and minutes.

MEETING DATES

The Board meets in the Large Conference Room at City Hall on the fourth (4th) Thursday of each month (unless otherwise noted) at 3:00pm. Meetings are open to the public. Presentation handouts are on file and available to the public at the Library. Recordings of the meetings are available on PSCTV, Channel 17 at 11:00am on Fridays and 10:30pm on Saturdays.

All meeting agendas are posted on the Library’s website (www.palmspringslibrary.org), and at City Hall one week prior to the meeting. Meeting minutes are posted to the Library’s website after being approved at the following month’s meeting. Meeting packets and minutes are also available in the City Clerk’s office at Palm Springs City Hall, 3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way.

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Hours of Operation

HOURS OF OPERATION AS OF JULY 1, 2013

Monday
  10:00am-6:00pm  
Tuesday
  10:00am-8:00pm
Wednesday    
  10:00am-8:00pm
Thursday
  10:00am-6:00pm
Friday
  10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday
  10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday
  Closed

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Library Bill of Rights

The American Library Association (ALA) affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.

1. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

2. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

3. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

4. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.

5. A person's right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.

6. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

Adopted June 18, 1948. Amended February 2, 1961, June 27, 1967, and January 23, 1980, by the ALA Council.

Source: Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association. This document and many others related to Intellectual Freedom are available from the Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611.

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Freedom to Read

The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack. Private groups and public authorities in various parts of the country are working to remove books from sale, to censor textbooks, to label "controversial" books, to distribute lists of "objectionable" books or authors, and to purge libraries. These actions apparently rise from a view that our national tradition of free expression is no longer valid; that censorship and suppression are needed to avoid the subversion of politics and the corruption of morals. We, as citizens devoted to the use of books and as librarians and publishers responsible for disseminating them, wish to assert the public interest in the preservation of the freedom to read.

We are deeply concerned about these attempts at suppression. Most such attempts rest on a denial of the fundamental premise of democracy; that the ordinary citizen, by exercising his critical judgment, will accept the good and reject the bad. The censors, public and private, assume that they should determine what is good and what is bad for their fellow citizens.

We trust Americans to recognize propaganda, and to reject it. We do not believe they need the help of censors to assist them in this task. We do not believe they are prepared to sacrifice their heritage of a free press in order to be "protected" against what others think may be bad for them. We believe they still favor free enterprise in ideas and expression.

We are aware, of course, that books are not alone in being subjected to efforts at suppression. We are aware that these efforts are related to a larger pattern of pressures being brought against education, the press, films, radio, and television. The problem is not only one of actual censorship. The shadow of fear cast by these pressures leads, we suspect, to an even larger voluntary curtailment of expression by those who seek to avoid controversy.

Such pressure toward conformity is perhaps natural to a time of uneasy change and pervading fear. Especially when so many of our apprehensions are directed against an ideology, the expression of a dissident idea becomes a thing feared in itself, and we tend to move against it as against a hostile deed, with suppression.

And yet suppression is never more dangerous than in such a time of social tension. Freedom has given the United States the elasticity to endure strain. Freedom keeps open the path of novel and creative solutions, and enables change to come by choice. Every silencing of a heresy, every enforcement of an orthodoxy, diminishes the toughness and resilience of our society and leaves it the less able to deal with stress.

Now as always in our history, books are among our greatest instruments of freedom. They are almost the only means for making generally available ideas or manners of expression that can initially command only a small audience. They are the natural medium for the new idea and the untried voice from which come the original contributions to social growth. They are essential to the extended discussion which serious thought requires, and to the accumulation of knowledge and ideas into organized collections.

We believe that free communication is essential to the preservation of a free society and a creative culture. We believe that these pressures towards conformity present the danger of limiting the range and variety of inquiry and expression on which our democracy and our culture depend. We believe that every American community must jealously guard the freedom to publish and to circulate, in order to preserve its own freedom to read. We believe that publishers and librarians have a profound responsibility to give validity to that freedom to read by making it possible for the readers to choose freely from a variety of offerings.

The freedom to read is guaranteed by the Constitution. Those with faith in free men will stand firm on these constitutional guarantees of essential rights and will exercise the responsibilities that accompany these rights. We therefore affirm these propositions;

1. It is in the public interest for publishers and librarians to make available the widest diversity of views and expressions, including those which are unorthodox or unpopular with the majority.

Creative thought is by definition new, and what is new is different. The bearer of every new thought is a rebel until his idea is refined and tested. Totalitarian systems attempt to maintain themselves in the established orthodoxy. The power of a democratic system to adapt to change is vastly strengthened by the freedom of its citizens to choose widely from among conflicting opinions offered freely to them. To stifle every nonconformist idea at birth would mark the end of the democratic process. Furthermore, only through the constant activity of weighing and selecting can the democratic mind attain the strength demanded by times like these. We need to know not only what we believe but why we believe it.

2. Publishers, librarians, and booksellers do not need to endorse every idea or presentation contained in the books they make available. It would conflict with the public interest for them to establish their own political, moral, or aesthetic views as a standard for determining what books should be published or circulated.

Publishers and librarians serve the educational process by helping to make available knowledge and ideas required for the growth of the mind and the increase of learning. They do not foster education by imposing as mentors the patterns of their own thought. The people should have the freedom to read and consider a broader range of ideas than those that may be held by any single librarian or publisher or government or church. It is wrong that what one man can read should be confined to what another thinks proper.

3. It is contrary to the public interest for publishers or librarians to determine the acceptability of a book on the basis of the personal history or political affiliations of the author. A book should be judged as a book. No art or literature can flourish if it is to be measured by the political views or private lives of its creators. No society of free men can flourish which draws up lists of writers to whom it will not listen, whatever they may have to say.

4. There is no place in our society for efforts to coerce the taste of others, to confine adults to the reading matter deemed suitable for adolescents, or to inhibit the efforts of writers to achieve artistic expression. To some, much of modern literature is shocking. But is not much of life itself shocking? We cut off literature at the source if we prevent writers from dealing with the stuff of life. Parents and teachers have a responsibility to prepare the young to meet the diversity of experiences in life to which they will be exposed, as they have a responsibility to help them learn to think critically for themselves. These are affirmative responsibilities, not to be discharged simply by preventing them from reading works for which they are not yet prepared. In these matters taste differs, and taste cannot be legislated; nor can machinery be devised which will suit the demands of one group without limiting the freedom of others.

5. It is not in the public interest to force a reader to accept with any book the prejudgment of a label characterizing the book or author as subversive or dangerous.

The idea of labeling presupposes the existence of individuals or groups with wisdom to determine by authority what is good or bad for the citizen. It presupposes that each individual must be directed in making up his mind about the ideas he examines. But Americans do not need others to do their thinking for them.

6. It is the responsibility of publishers and librarians, as guardians of the people's freedom to read, to contest encroachments upon that freedom by individuals or groups seeking to impose their own standards or tastes upon the community at large.

It is inevitable in the give and take of the democratic process that the political, the moral, or the aesthetic concepts of an individual or group will occasionally collide with those of another individual or group. In a free society each individual is free to determine for himself what he wishes to read and each group is free to determine what it will recommend to its freely associated members. But no group has the right to take the law into its own hands, and to impose its, own concept of politics or morality upon other members of a democratic society. Freedom is no freedom if it is accorded only to the accepted and the inoffensive.

7. It is the responsibility of publishers and librarians to give full meaning to the freedom to read by providing books that enrich the quality and diversity of thought and expression. By the exercise of this affirmative responsibility, bookmen can demonstrate that the answer to a bad book is a good one, the answer to a bad idea is a good one.

The freedom to read is of little consequence when expended on the trivial; it is frustrated when the reader cannot obtain matter fit for his purpose. What is needed is not only the absence of restraint, but the positive provision of opportunity for the people to read the best that has been thought and said. Books are the major channel by which the intellectual inheritance is handed down, and the principal means of its testing and growth. The defense of their freedom and integrity, and the enlargement of their service to society requires of all bookmen the utmost of their faculties, and deserves of all citizens the fullest of their support.

We state these propositions neither lightly nor as easy generalizations. We here stake out a lofty claim for the value of books. We do so because we believe that they are good, possessed of enormous variety and usefulness, worthy of cherishing and keeping free. We realize that the application of these propositions may mean the dissemination of ideas and manners of expression that are repugnant to many persons. We do not state these propositions in the comfortable belief that what people read is unimportant. We believe rather that what people read is deeply important; that ideas can be dangerous; but that the suppression of ideas is fatal to a democratic society. Freedom itself is a dangerous way of life, but it is ours.

This statement was originally issued in May 1953 by the Westchester Conference of the American Library Association and the American Book Publishers Council, which in 1970 consolidated with the American Educational Publishers Institute to become the Association of American Publishers.

Adopted June 25, 1953. Revised January 28, 1972, by the ALA Council.

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Freedom to View

The Freedom to View, along with the freedom to speak, to hear, and to read, is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. In a free society, there is no place for censorship of any medium of expression. Therefore, we affirm these principles:

1. It is in the public interest to provide the broadest possible access to films and other audiovisual materials because they have proven to be among the most effective means for the communication of ideas. Liberty of circulation is essential to ensure the constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression.

2. It is in the public interest to provide for our audiences, films and other audiovisual materials which represent a diversity of views and expression. Selection of a work does not constitute or imply agreement with/ or approval of the content.

3. It is our professional responsibility to resist the constraint of labeling or prejudging a film on the basis of the moral, religious, or political beliefs of the producer or filmmaker or on the basis of controversial content.

4. It is our professional responsibility to contest vigorously, by all lawful means, every encroachment upon the public's freedom to view.

This statement was originally drafted by the Educational Film Library Association's Freedom to View Committee*, and was adopted by the EFLA Board of Directors in February, 1979. Libraries and educational institutions are encouraged to adopt this statement and display it in their catalogs or libraries. The text of the statement may be reprinted freely; permission is granted to all educational institutions to use it.

Adopted by the Council, American Library Association, June 1979.

*Educational Film Library Association, 43 W. 61 St., New York, N.Y. 10023.

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Palm Springs Public Library Policies:


Code of Conduct

PUBLIC CODE OF CONDUCT
Welcome to the Palm Springs Public Library! The Board of Trustees of the Palm Springs Public Library, by adopting the following code, seeks to ensure that our library provides an atmosphere conducive to appropriate use of its services and facilities. The code is supported by related library policies and procedures.

WE EXPECT OUR CUSTOMERS TO:

1. Attend to personal belongings. The Library is not responsible for personal belongings left in or on Library property. The Library reserves the right to confiscate any unattended items and hold them for 24 hours before disposing of them.

2. Use restrooms only for their intended purpose. Bathing or washing of clothes is prohibited.

3. Wear shoes and shirts. Wearing clothing that willfully or lewdly exposes private body parts is prohibited.

4. Maintain bodily hygiene in a manner that does not constitute a nuisance to other persons.

5. Use covered containers when bringing beverages into the library and comply with posted "No Food or Eating in the Library" policy (excluded are baby bottles, nursing mothers and food that is part of a Library sponsored event).

6. Use library furniture, equipment and materials for their intended function.

7. Accompany any child under age 12 by an adult over the age of 18. A parent or caregiver is responsible for the safety and well-being of their children on library property.

8. Follow established loan procedures or authorizations before taking Library property or materials from the building.

9. Cooperate with staff and comply with reasonable requests of staff or security. Allow belongings to be searched if asked by security or staff.

10. Use all library areas, including library parking areas, sidewalks and lawns, safely and lawfully.

11. Stay out of non-public areas. Adults over the age of 18 should refrain from using the Teen Zone and must leave when asked.

12. Leave the library at the designated closing time.

13. Refrain from petitioning, soliciting, gambling, advertising or selling merchandise of any kind for any purpose in the building or within 20 feet of any entrance to the Library on sidewalks leading directly to the building (except as part of a library sanctioned event).

14. Use meeting room in accordance with the PSPL Meeting Room policy.

THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS AND FORMS OF CONDUCT ARE NOT PERMITTED:

1. Engaging in any activity prohibited by law.

2. Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs or in possession of any intoxicating drug or alcoholic substance in the Library or on Library grounds.

3. Sleeping

4. Smoking anywhere in the building, inside the Library Courtyard Patio or anywhere within Sunrise Park in accordance with City of Palm Springs Ordinance No.6.10.083 stating that Smoking is Prohibited in Parks and Outdoor Public Places.

5. Spitting

6. Bringing into the Library more than two personal items described as bags/purses/backpacks or any oversized item too large to fit under one study chair.

7. Urinating or defecating anywhere on Library property, other than in public restroom facilities.

8. Parking bicycles, wagons or carts anywhere other than the designated bike rack area outside in front of the Library.

9. Utilizing any Library space, seating, tables or equipment for more than one hour without actively using Library resources and services.

10. Disruptive or unsafe behavior which interferes with the use of the library by others or with the staff’s ability to function.

11. Using loud, threatening, sexual or any harassing language toward staff or other users.

12. Any sexual misconduct such as exposure or inappropriate touching.

13. Playing any audio equipment or device at a level which interferes with other customers’ ability to use the Library.

14. Cell phones must have the ringers turned off and conversations must be held outside.

15. Verbal or physical fighting.

16. Stalking, following, staring or invading another person’s physical space causing annoyance or harm.

17. Entering the Library with animals, birds or vehicles, except as required by persons with disabilities.

18. Entering the Library with any firearm, knife or other weapon prohibited by any local, state, or federal law or regulation.

19. Use of skates or skateboards on Library property.

20. Damaging, destroying or stealing any customer’s or employee’s property.

VIOLATION OF THE LIBRARY CODE OF CONDUCT

A multi-step due process will be used for violations of the code.

  • Violation 1    -verbal warning given by staff and/or security
  • Violation 2    -7 day suspension of Library use and privileges
  • Violation 3    -3 month suspension of Library use and privileges
  • Violation 4+  -Library use and privileges may be permanently revoked

To appeal this process, submit a written request to the Director of Library Services, Palm Springs Public Library, 300 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

In case of serious, threatening, or willfully malicious behavior that violates the Library Code of Conduct the library reserves the right to expel the offending person(s) from the building immediately by staff, security and/or police.

The Library also reserves the right to revoke use of the Library and its grounds for repeated failure to comply with this Code of Conduct.

We appreciate your cooperation with this code of conduct.

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Children Left Unattended Policy

NOTICE: PARENTS, GUARDIANS & CAREGIVERS

The Library welcomes and encourages use by children of all ages. However, our Library policy requires that all children under the age of 12 be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18. The Library staff cannot accept responsibility or liability for the safety, care, supervision or entertainment of children unaccompanied by adults.

Parents or guardians of unattended children will be contacted to pick up the minor child. If the parent or guardian cannot be reached, the Police Department will be contacted. The Police Department will contact parents, guardians or caregivers who may then pick-up the children at the Police station.

The Library reserves the right to revoke use of the Library and its grounds for repeated disregard for this policy and/or offenses, for the safety of the minor child. Suspension of Library privileges may also be initiated.

Anyone wishing to appeal this action may submit a written request to the Director of Library Services, Palm Springs Public Library, 300 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Teen Zone Policy

The social nature and other adolescent characteristics of teens require a separate library space designed to support their need for group interaction. The Palm Springs Public Library Teen Zone has been established to provide a unique space and age appropriate materials for this particular age group. The materials are carefully selected by professional staff and are specifically chosen for a teen audience. Library staff will not censor a teen’s selection of reading material. Parents are responsible for deciding which items they feel are appropriate for their teenage children.

The Library’s Teen Zone is a dedicated space for teens in grades six through twelve (ranging in age from 12-19) to gather, mingle, socialize, and use library resources in support of their education. Therefore, the Teen Zone and the computer terminals located there are reserved for use by teen customers only.

Adults and children are welcome to access the materials available in the Teen Zone but are asked to use the materials in other areas of the library. Staff will be available to assist adults in locating materials in the Teen Zone.

The Palm Springs Public Library provides the Teen Zone to support the following educationally related activities:

  • Reading
  • Studying
  • Doing homework
  • Working on school projects
  • Using computers for appropriate recreation, research and communication
  • Group study and collaboration
  • Teen activities

Activities and behaviors not appropriate, nor tolerated, in the Teen Zone are:

  • Sleeping
  • Physical rough housing
  • Physical or verbal fighting
  • Public displays of affection
  • Personal grooming
  • Verbal abuse including racial comments and swearing
  • Possession of weapons of any kind
  • Vandalism, graffiti or damage to library property
  • Use of the area as a social only hang-out space

Any behavior staff considers aggressive and/or abusive may result in parents and/or police being notified with further disciplinary actions being taken. Violations of any of these guidelines will be grounds for a teen being asked to leave the library immediately. Repeated incidents may result in the permanent loss of library privileges.

The Teen Zone is an area of the Library that is governed by the Library’s general Code of Conduct that sets an expectation of respect for other library users, library staff and library property both in words and action. The Library encourages teens to self-monitor each other, explore the many available resources available, use the computers and WiFi access wisely, turn to the Teen Librarian for assistance as needed and enjoy this space created just for them.

A multi-step due process will be used for violations of the code.

  • Violation 1    -verbal warning given by staff and/or security
  • Violation 2    -7 day suspension of Library use and privileges
  • Violation 3    -3 month suspension of Library use and privileges
  • Violation 4+  -Library use and privileges may be permanently revoked

To appeal this process, submit a written request to the Director of Library Services, Palm Springs Public Library, 300 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

In case of serious, threatening, or willfully malicious behavior, the offending person(s) will be expelled from the building immediately by security and/or police.

The Library also reserves the right to revoke use of the Library and its grounds for repeated failure to comply with this Code of Conduct.

We appreciate your cooperation with this code of conduct.

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Internet Acceptable Use Policy

Palm Springs Public Library is committed to providing free and open access to informational, educational, recreational and cultural resources for library users of all ages and backgrounds.

The internet, as an information resource, enables the Library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection. It allows access to ideas, information and commentary from around the globe. Currently, however, the internet is an unregulated medium of information. As such, while it offers access to a wealth of excellent information, it also enables access to some material that may be offensive, disturbing, illegal, inaccurate, misleading and/or incomplete.

Users are encouraged to be good information consumers by evaluating the validity of information accessed via the internet. Library staff, and the Library selected internet sites on the Library’s homepage, (http://palmspringslibrary.org) can be good starting points for internet searches that are consistent with the Library’s mission and service roles.

ACCESS BY MINORS

The Library affirms, and honors, the right and responsibility of parents to determine and monitor their own children’s use of all Library materials and resources, including the Internet. The Library assumes no responsibility for the use of the internet by minors.

The Library has no control over the information accessed through the internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. Library users use the internet at their own risk. Parents are encouraged to read Child Safety on the Information Highway or to ask for assistance in using the Internet from the information desk staff at any service desk.

Access, use or dissemination of information via the internet in the Library is the responsibility of the user. In the case of minors, it is a joint responsibility of the child and the parent or guardian. Any child 8 years old or younger must use the Internet with an adult over 18 years of age. The Library does not act in loco parentis, and cannot substitute its judgment for that of parents or enforce parents’ decisions about their children’s Internet use.

CODE OF CONDUCT

  • All users are asked to respect the privacy of other users and not attempt to censor or comment upon what others are viewing.
  • Internet access is provided in the library through a limited number of public computers. Use of the public computers is on a first-come basis for up to 2 sessions of 1 hour per person, per day. Unacceptable use of the Internet will result in the loss of computer privileges, potential loss of library privileges and possible prosecution. Unacceptable use includes, but is not limited to:
    • Using the Internet for illegal activities including, but not limited to: making, creating, soliciting, or initiating transmissions of obscene material or displaying harmful, offensive text or graphics when minors are present (in accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [CIPA]);
    • Hacking into the library computer system or any other computer system;
    • Damaging or attempting to damage computer equipment or software;
    • Interfering with systems operations, integrity or security;
    • Gaining unauthorized access to another person’s files;
    • Sending harassing messages to other computer users;
    • Altering or attempting to alter the library computer’s configuration;
    • Violating copyright laws and software licensing agreements.

The library’s computer workstations are set up for optimal usage by a single individual. In some cases, such as a parent/guardian with children, it may be important for two or more people to work together at a computer workstation. However, if a group creates a disturbance to the effective use of the library by others, they will be asked to correct the behavior, or leave the computer area.

WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS

Free WiFi access is also available throughout the Library for those users who have their own computer laptops or internet enabled devices.

  • Users are responsible for knowing how to configure their own equipment.
  • Library staff cannot provide technical assistance in configuring our users’ wireless devices or in troubleshooting access problems.
  • The Library’s wireless internet access is not encrypted. Wireless users are urged not to send personal, financial or any confidential information over the Library wireless network.
  • The Palm Springs Public Library is not responsible for damage or loss due to security breaches, electrical surges or disruptions of wireless service.

Copies of this policy shall be made available to any person upon request, shall be provided to persons desiring to obtain a Library card, and shall be posted on the library’s website and at other appropriate locations to inform the public of the library’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy.

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Library Card and Library Card Use

Library Cards are NOT transferable. It is the user’s responsibility to monitor the use of his/her own card, report the loss or theft and change of address or telephone number. The card is valid for three (3) years and may be renewed or replaced provided it is free of charges or fees and with address verification. A Library Card may be revoked for violations of borrowing procedures.

Replacement Library Cards (with a new Library Card Number) can be reissued for $1.00 (see below for requirements). We are unable to look up your Library Card number.

ADULTS (Age 18 and over):

A free Library Card will be issued when the following is presented:

  • Valid California Driver’s License*
  • Valid California ID*
  • Valid Consular ID with California address*
    *If your California Driver's License, California ID or Consular ID does not list your current address OR lists a post office box, commercial address or mailbox rental address, an item from the Address Verification List below must be presented as well.

OR any item from EACH of the following two lists:

Current Picture Identification (ID) List:

  • Current/Valid Passport
  • Alien Registration Card
  • Military ID
  • School Issued Student ID
  • Out-of-State Driver’s License or ID

Address Verification List (must include name and current California residential address):

  • Current rental agreement or lease
  • Imprinted bank check or deposit slip
  • Pay stub with address
  • Current automobile OR mobile home registration
  • Tax certificate from a County Recorder’s Office indicating applicant owns property in California
  • Current bill of any sort addressed to the applicant’s name at the local address.
    Please Note: Post office boxes, commercial addresses or mailbox rental addresses will not be accepted.

ADULTS (Age 18 and over) Out of state residents/Visitors:

Non-California residents/visitors may purchase a Fee Card if they present a valid driver’s license OR state ID and a local address. Library Card fees are nonrefundable.

One 12 month card
$32.00
Two 12 month cards, same household
$43.00 for 2 cards if 2 applicants share the same address
One 3 month card $22.00
One 1 month card
$11.00

 

WELCOME CARD

A temporary 3 month card can be issued for people without proof of residency that allows them to check out one (1) physical item at a time and use the public computers and online resources. To obtain a Welcome Card, the applicant must provide a valid picture ID. The card is renewable if the account is in good standing with no charges, fees or lost items outstanding. If charges or fees accrue, the card will be blocked for use until the account is brought to zero.

MINORS (4 -18)

To obtain a Library Card, a parent or legal guardian must apply in person with the minor under 18 years of age and present a current ID with proof of address. If the parent or legal guardian has a Library Card it must be free of charges or fees.

Emancipated Minors

Minors may apply for a library card without a parent or legal guardian and must present any of the following documents as evidence that they are "Emancipated Minors":

  • Military ID
  • Court Declaration of Emancipation
  • Marriage License

Exchange Students

Exchange students must apply with the person with whom they reside. The host must have a valid California Driver's License (or a valid California ID) with current address and a Palm Springs Public Library Card. The host assumes full responsibility for all charges and fees incurred by the exchange student.

Out-of-State Student Cards

Students attending college in the area who have an Out-of-State Driver’s License or ID are eligible for a free, one year Palm Springs Library Card upon presentation of a current Student ID and proof of residency such as: a utility bill, cable bill, or mail addressed to them. If they attend college more than the one year, they must present proof of attendance and residency for a renewal of the card.

LOANS

A valid Palm Springs Library Card is needed to check out materials.

Books, CDs, DVDs, Magazines & Audiobooks
14 days, renewable* 
Hot Off The Press
14 days, not renewable 

*Two automatic renewals unless the item has a hold placed on it

AUTOMATIC RENEWALS

Items will automatically renew up to two times. You can check your account to see if an item has renewed automatically and renew items upon request at the library, by phone [760-322-READ (7323)] or by yourself via the library’s mobile app or website.

Hot Off the Press, items with holds on them and items obtained via Interlibrary Loan (ILL) will not automatically renew. Hot Off the Press and items with holds are not renewable.

HOLDS

  • Holds on circulating materials can be done at the library, by phone, via the library’s website or the PSPL mobile app.
  • A maximum of 15 items may be placed on hold at one time.
  • A user placing a hold with his/her card must check out the item with the same card.
  • Holds can only be placed if an item is currently checked out. Items available on the shelf are not able to be placed on hold.

BORROWING OF LIBRARY MATERIALS

  • Users may borrow up to 30 items at one time.
  • User assumes responsibility for any damage to all materials charged on the library card.
  • The library is not liable for equipment damage as a result of using library materials.
  • To make popular materials available to other users, items just returned will not be immediately checked out to another family member’s card.

INTERLIBRARY LOAN (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Request
$5.00 per Request (Nonrefundable)

With a valid Palm Springs Public Library Card, materials not owned by PSPL and at least 6 months old may be borrowed from other libraries in the US at a cost of $5.00 per request. The $5.00 fee is nonrefundable and is due at the time of the request. ILL requests must be made in person to a Librarian at the Information Desk. While availability is not guaranteed and additional charges may be assessed from the loaning library, the Librarian taking the request will attempt to determine possible availability. We are unable to request items internationally. At times, the Library may still be unable to secure the requested material.

In addition:

  • The maximum number of ILL items an individual can have checked out and on request at the same time is 5.
  • A $5.00 fee will be charged to any user who does not pick up an ILL item within 5 days of notification.
  • Users who do not return interlibrary loaned material will be billed for unreturned items at $100.00 per item or at the cost of the item (whichever is greater). If the ILL item is not returned or paid for, the patron’s account will be turned over to the City of Palm Springs Finance Department for collection which could result in additional fees being applied to the patron’s account.
  • Future ILL privileges may be suspended for users who:
    • Do not return ILL items on time
    • Do not pay fees for lost ILL items
    • Repeatedly do not pick up requested ILL items
    • Are sent to collections due to lost ILL items
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Fees and Charges

Fees

Library Cards* for Nonresidents:

One 12 month card $32.00
Two 12 month cards, same household $43.00 for 2 cards if 2 applicants share the same address
One 3 month card
$22.00
One 1 month card
$11.00  
Replacement card for all users $1.00

*All Library Card Fees are nonrefundable.

Copy and Printing Fees:

Photocopies 

$0.25 per page (Black and White)
$0.50 per page (Color)

Computer printouts / WiFi printing
$0.25 per page (Printing is only available in Black and White)

 

Notices Regarding Overdues, Fees and Charges (for all Library card holders)

Users who have an item that is more than 7 days overdue and/or owe more than $5.00 in fees and charges will have their borrowing privileges suspended.
After 30 days overdue, the item is considered lost and the patron will be billed the replacement cost and processing fee. Users with overdue items remaining on their record 60 days will be turned over to City Finance Department  for collection.
Users sent to collections will have a separate $10.00 per account Delinquent Collection Fee added to their account
Users in collections will transact directly with the City collection agent as per instruction in the collection letter.

 

No Fines For Overdue Materials

As of July 1, 2018, the Palm Springs Public Library has eliminated overdue fines and is now a fine-free library. To allow others access to materials, we simply encourage you to return items on time.

Please keep in mind: if items are damaged, lost or stolen, replacement costs and other associated fees continue to apply. Your borrowing privileges may be revoked if your items are overdue 7 days and/or you owe more than $5.00 in fees and charges.

For more information about PSPL's Fine-Free Policy, please visit PSPL's Fine-Free FAQ page.

Fees and Charges for Damaged Materials

Books, DVDs, CDs, Audiobooks:

Damaged beyond repair
Cost of replacement + $10.00 processing fee  
Slight damage or defacement
$5.00
Damaged or missing barcodes or RFID tags   
$1.00
Damaged case (DVD & CD)
$2.00
Damaged Audiobook case
$9.00

Library staff will inspect, maintain, repair and assess all library materials after each use.

 Lost Materials

Books, DVDs,
CDs, Audiobook Sets

Cost of replacement + $10.00 processing fee
(processing fee will be waived if the replacement
cost is $9.99 or less)

With Library Staff approval prior to the replacement purchase, Library users may purchase their own replacement of a damaged or lost material providing the replacement is an exact new copy of the item.

Materials remain the property of the City of Palm Springs, even if found after replacement costs and processing fees have been paid. If a lost item is returned in usable condition within 30 days, you will be reimbursed for half the amount paid (less the $10.00 processing fee). Please keep the payment receipt and present it for reimbursement.

Individual item (disc) in a set:
DVDs, CDs, Audiobooks
$11.00 per item (disc)
Delinquent Collection Fee
$10.00 for each account sent to collections

 

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Collection Development Policy

The Palm Springs Public Library provides service to the residents of Palm Springs, the Coachella Valley, and cities in the Southwest portion of Riverside County. This community includes diverse cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds displaying a wide variety of interests, needs, values, viewpoints and occupations. There is a large 55+ population and a seasonal (October-April) population consisting of people from around the world with their own unique requests for electronic access and new print materials.

PURPOSE

The purpose of the collection development policy is:

  • To guide staff in setting standards and requirements for the continuous selection and withdrawal of library materials
  • To establish a collection that meets the needs and interests of its members
  • To provide a frame work for continuous collection evaluation and improvement

SELECTION PHILOSOPHY

  • To strive for a collection that is balanced, relevant, adequate in quality, quantity and diversity to meet the needs of the library users
  • To provide the best possible collection with the financial resources available
  • To follow the principles set forth in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, and the Freedom to Read, Freedom to View

RESPONSIBILITY FOR SELECTION

  • Under the authority of the Director of Library Services, the Library Operations & Collection Manager is responsible for recommending policy, implementing procedures and coordinating all aspects of collection development.
  • Selection of material is shared among professional staff that has selection responsibilities for specific subject areas and formats. Selectors rely on judgment, experience and expertise, making acquisition decisions as objectively as possible.
  • All staff members and the general public may recommend materials for consideration.

SELECTION SOURCES

  • Publisher catalogs
  • Bibliographies
  • Reputable print/online review sources
  • Specialized library reviewing publications
  • User requests/Staff recommendations
  • Standing orders
  • Replacement lists
  • Hold requests & Interlibrary Loan requests
  • Bestseller lists

SELECTION CRITERIA FOR MATERIALS

In order to invest the Library’s funds wisely in its efforts to serve the needs of the public, the following criteria are considered:

  • Popular interest and demand
  • Suitability of materials based on community demographics
  • Anticipation of, and response to, continually changing needs and interests of the community
  • Currency and accuracy of information
  • Historical and local significance
  • Existing library holdings
  • Reputation of author or issuing body
  • Existence of authoritative and objective reviews
  • Format and durability
  • Appropriateness of format, content and style
  • Diversity, variety and balance of viewpoints
  • Relevance to the existing collection
  • Price and availability

DONATIONS

  • Donations of potential library materials are handled by the Friends of the Palm Springs Public Library (FOPSL)
  • Books donated by local authors will be added to the collection using the selection criteria above.

RECONSIDERATION OF LIBRARY RESOURCES

Library users and may request a re-evaluation of library resources by filling out the Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials form; to request this form, please visit the information desk and ask to speak to a librarian.

  • Requests for reconsideration are reviewed by the selection committee
  • The Palm Springs Public Library will carefully re-evaluate an item when a Request for Reconsideration form is submitted.

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Reference Materials & Periodicals

  • Materials labeled For Library Use Only may circulate at the discretion of a librarian
  • Microforms do not circulate under any circumstance
  • The most recent issue of a periodical does not circulate

RESEARCH ASSISTANCE: For information about Research Assistance and about how to request and article, please see Research Services and Assistance.

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Use of Library Facilities/Event Policies

Programming/Event Policies for the Palm Springs Public Library

Programs/Events that the Library Schedules:

  • The Library seeks to provide an assortment of programs/events that meet the needs and interests of the community as stated in the strategic services plan.
  • Programs/Events are communicated to the public via the Library’s website, by posters at/inside the Library, through a quarterly brochure outlining all events available at the Library, which are also available at various locations in the community, and through news and media coverage.
  • Programs/Events are determined based on interest and cost. Programming dollars are budgeted each year and the Public Relations Manager, with the approval of the Director of Library Services, determines the line up and assortment of events.
  • The majority of the events are presented to the Community free of charge. The Library, whenever possible, chooses to not charge additional fees for programs presented at the Library. Charges may be assessed for programming held off-site. The assessment of a fee for a program is at the sole discretion of the Palm Springs Public Library, its Director and programming staff.
  • Interest is expressed to a potential individual or group and once they have agreed to appear at the Library the appropriate paperwork is completed by both parties. If it is determined that an honorarium fee will be paid then an 'Event & Programming Agreement' is completed as well as a 'Payee Data Record.' An Overview of the Appearance is also included which details the event information, date, time, set-up requirements, etc.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in either The Learning Center or Youth Story Room. The serving of alcohol is permitted in the Atrium and Courtyard areas of the Library only, to accompany an event or program, per the Library Board of Trustees and City Council approved policies. However, the Library will play no role in acquiring or serving the alcohol. An outside vendor, who is either the sponsor or a hired professional, will be the sole responsible party for providing and serving the alcohol. Adequate coverage amounts and proof of insurance are required:
    • $1,000,000 Comprehensive General Liability
    • $1,000,000 Automotive Liability
    • Worker’s Compensation—Per State of California Statutory requirements

Meeting Room Rentals at the Library

  • When the Library rents its meeting room(s) an appropriate fee for that rental will be assessed. The completion of a 'Facility Rental Agreement' will also be required and all Library policies must be adhered to by the party renting the room. The room rentals are subject to availability, all Library functions take precedence. The Library does not discriminate; the room is available to all interested parties that are able to pay the rental fee and adhere to the Library policies. All rental fees are set by the Library staff, approved by the Library Board of Trustees and the Palm Springs City Council and are due in advance to secure the reservation.
  • Permission to use a community room is not transferable from one individual or organization to another. The person signing the original application will be held responsible for proper use and clean-up of the room.
  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere within the Library building, within the Library Courtyard Patio or anywhere within Sunrise Park in accordance with City of Palm Springs Ordinance No.6.10.083 stating that Smoking is Prohibited in Parks and Outdoor Public Places.
  • Activities and programs shall be conducted in a manner that does not interfere with normal library operations. Noise level is subject to regulation by library staff.
  • The Palm Springs Public Library is not responsible for the loss or damage to individual or group property before, during, or after the meeting. The library cannot store equipment or supplies for any group using a community room. The library cannot supply supervision over exhibits or group displays. Library security services are for the protection of library property and security of the building only.
  • Use of nails, screws, staples, etc. on walls is prohibited.
  • To ensure fire safety, at no time shall any exits be covered or obstructed during an event.
  • Groups using The Learning Center are allowed in that room only for the period of time reserved and paid for in advance.
  • The number of persons present at one time may NOT exceed the posted capacity of The Learning Center.
  • If clean-up by the individual renter/group is not satisfactory, the individual/group will be charged for any labor and expenses incurred by the library to restore the community room to its original condition.
  • For more information, please see Room/Facility Rentals under the Service Section.

Library/Meeting Room Use for Educational Tutoring

The Library is happy to be a venue for tutoring both for fee and for free. However, this use cannot interfere or otherwise create an atmosphere that would inhibit the use of the Library space by other members of the public. It is advised that the tutor or tutoring organization contact the Library in advance of use to verify availability of suitable space to use within the Library. At no time should a tutor or tutoring organization schedule or promote services, appointments, screenings or testing at the Library without advanced contact with the Library Administrative staff to determine the best use of the space and resources at the Library. Please note meeting space at the Library is subject to availability and possible fees.

For information about renting the meeting room, please see Room/Facility Rentals under the Services Section.

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Public Notice Postings & Bulletin Bulletin Board

There is a section on the Bulletin Board to post Public Notices provided to us from Governmental agencies and the City of Palm Springs. There are some notices we are required to post and other that are informational only. For those that are not required and there is no space on the bulletin board, they are kept at the Information desk for a specified period of time.

Any questions about this can be directed to the Library Services & Public Relations Manager at (760) 416-6731.

BULLETIN BOARD

Flyers, posters and other notices may be submitted to the Library Services & Public Relations Manager for consideration to post on the Library’s Bulletin Board. It should be noted that only nonprofit organizations are eligible to post materials; no prices or costs can be visible on the materials. Even if criteria is met, there is no guarantee a flyer or poster will be posted or for how long. Postings are as space allows, on a first come, first served basis and are at the discretion of Library Staff.

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Gifts/Donation Policy

The Palm Springs Public Library acknowledges the great importance of private gifts and donations to the library's future development and growth. Such gifts take many forms, come from various sources, and are made for a variety of purposes. This policy is established in order to make certain that the decisions about the acceptance of gift and donation offers are made in a timely, consistent manner, and are appropriate in terms of both the nature of the facilities and purposes of the Library. The City of Palm Springs owns and operates the Palm Springs Public Library building and collection. The regulations, policies, and procedures of the City shall apply in decisions on the acceptance of gifts and donations.

Gifts and donations may also be made directly to the Friends of the Palm Springs Library. The Friends of the Library is a separate, non-profit 501(c)3 membership organization which raises funds for the Library through memberships and book and merchandise sales, as well as advocating for library services.

Gifts and donations may also be made directly to the Palm Springs Public Library Foundation. The foundation is a separate, non-profit 501(c)3 organization which raises major gift donations for the renovation of existing library facilities, construction of new library facilities, the purchase of materials and collections, the purchase and maintenance of electronic resources, and support of major educational and cultural programs such as literacy and children's services.

All donations become the property of the Palm Springs Public Library, which is a department of the City of Palm Springs. The Library can accept anonymous donations only if the identity of the donor is not known; as a public agency, the records of all donations are public records. The library reserves the right to not accept donations if, in the judgment of the library staff, the gift has too many restrictions, is not needed by the library, or has an adverse fiscal or service impact on the library. Gifts to the Library are tax-deductible as provided by law, but the estimation of value is the responsibility of the donor.

The Library gratefully accepts direct donations and gifts in the following categories:

  • Unrestricted monetary donations

Unrestricted funds allow the Library to address its most pressing needs at its discretion. Unrestricted monetary donations may be given by check or money order made out to the Palm Springs Public Library Trust Fund and delivered to the Library Director. Any gift exceeding $5,000 must be approved and accepted by the Library Board of Trustees. Any gift exceeding $25,000 must also be approved and accepted by the Palm Springs City Council.

Because monetary gifts with restrictions are expensive to handle, expend, and track,
the Library discourages restricted gifts. However, the Library will accept restricted gifts of money only if the amount is over $1,000 and the conditions attached to the gift are acceptable to the Library Director and Library Board of Trustees and compatible with the Library’s mission.

  • Sponsorships

The Library welcomes sponsorship of programs, projects and events from individuals and groups including but not limited to businesses and service organizations. Sponsorships must be approved by the Library Director and/or the Library Board of Trustees. In assessing the suitability of soliciting or accepting a potential sponsor, consideration is given to the public image of the sponsor, its line of business, and all of its products and services. Sponsorships are pursued if it is determined that an association between the potential sponsor and the Library is suitable and will positively affect the public image that the Library has established in the community. Appropriate public recognition of the sponsorship will be given after consultation with the sponsor.

  • Capital project donations for naming rights

During any Library capital campaign, large monetary donations over $250,000 will be welcomed for the opportunity for memorial naming of a portion of the project. Such gifts must be approved by the Library Board of Trustees and City Council after consultation with the project team to determine the best naming opportunity for the donor and the Library.

  • Memorial gifts

Small monetary gifts less than $250 given in honor or to memorialize will be accepted after consultation with the Library Director. Appropriate materials will be purchased based on the Library’s collection development policy and a book plate with donor desired wording will be affixed to the materials.

A donation of $250 will name a shelf in honor/memory of a person designated at the time of the gift. A shelf location will be chosen and a name plate created for display for a limited time, all at the discretion of the Library Director.

  • Bequests and Trusts

The Library is honored to be remembered in a will, bequest or trust. Such a gift will be approved by the Library Board of Trustees and if over $25,000, also by the Palm Springs City Council.

GIFT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The Palm Springs Public Library acknowledges the great importance of private gifts and donations to the library's development and growth. It is desirable and essential to publicly recognize these contributions and to do so in a timely fashion.

All donations to the Library will be acknowledged by a letter from the Library Director. Donors will also be listed online on a special Donors page on the Library’s website.

Additional special recognition may take place for significant contributions. Such recognition will be determined by the Library Board of Trustees and Library Director in consultation with the donor.

GIFTS TO THE FRIENDS OF THE PALM SPRINGS LIBRARY

The Friends of the Palm Springs Library is a separate 501(c)3 non-profit organization and will gratefully accept gifts in the following categories:

  • Books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and all other reading and listening materials

The Friends will give to the Library items the Library does not own or needs to replace lost or damaged items in accordance with the Library’s collection development policies. The remainder will be sorted and sold at the Friends’ book sales with profits being given back to the Library.

  • Gifts-in-Kind and all gifts of consequence

All gifts of furnishings, equipment, art, real property, stocks, annuities etc. will be considered individually by the Friends Board and accepted at their discretion.

  • Bequests and trusts

GIFTS TO THE PALM SPRINGS PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

The Palm Springs Public Library Foundation is a separate 501(c)3 non-profit organization and will gratefully accept gifts in the following categories:

  • Individual and corporate cash donations
  • Foundation grants
  • Government grants

The Library Director is responsible for the administration of this policy and for establishing administrative procedures for its implementation.

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Volunteers

Please Note: PSPL is not accepting new volunteer applications at this time.

The Palm Springs Public Library accepts volunteer applications from willing and enthusiastic people who enjoy interacting with the public. We ask that our volunteers serve a minimum of 4 hours per week and are willing to commit to a flexible but set schedule per week.

Expertise in areas that we list in our volunteer opportunities/job descriptions is helpful but not essential. Every effort is made to make a match with every volunteer’s skills, abilities and interests with the needs of the Library.

All volunteers must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and will be required to:

  • Complete a volunteer application
  • Submit references
  • Be interviewed by Library staff
  • Submit to livescan fingerprinting
  • Attend an initial orientation session
  • On-the-job training
  • Work assigned hours (min. 4 hours per week)
  • Complete monthly time sheets

Other requirements and information may be needed, as noted in the application and in accordance with the City of Palm Springs and the Library; applicants will be notified at the time of the interview if anything further is needed.

For scheduling purposes a minimum commitment of 4 months per year, 4 hours per week for 2 hours at a time is required.

All available volunteer job descriptions will be posted online for review. A volunteer application must be completed and submitted in-person at the Library for consideration. When PSPL is accepting applications, they can be found on the Library’s web site on the Volunteers Page or at the Library’s Information Desk.

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Noncommercial Photography & Filming Policy

The Palm Springs Public Library prides itself on providing a safe and enjoyable experience to all its users, offering an atmosphere conducive to everyone’s right to unimpeded and enjoyable library use. The Library also recognizes that there are times when the desire or need to capture a permanent image of an event or the building is important.

To retain the privacy of Library users as well as the aforementioned safe and enjoyable space, the following is the stated policy for photography, filming and recording in the Library.

  • AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY

Casual noncommercial photography intended to record a visit to the public areas of the Library is permitted provided that such photography:

Individuals wishing to take photographs or film of the Library building and/or inanimate objects for personal use may do so without special permission

Nonprofit filming projects that require special equipment, staff involvement, or after-hours access should be registered and cleared with the Library Services & Public Relations Manager or Director of Library Services.

  • COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Individuals or organizations seeking to do photography or filming for commercial purposes will be referred to the City of Palm Springs Public Information Officer and/or the Film Permit Officer.

  • MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHY

News media are asked to contact the Library Services & Public Relations Manager or the Director of Library Services to request use of the Library facilities for photography or filming activity, prior to arriving at the facility and be asked to complete a photo release form if individual likenesses are to be captured.

  • PHOTOGRAPHY OR RECORDING BY LIBRARY STAFF WITHIN THE BUILDING AND/OR AT EVENTS

It should be noted that the Palm Springs Public Library is a public building and your entrance constitutes permission for your photograph, voice or image to be recorded. Furthermore, your attendance at any Palm Springs Public Library sponsored event or program constitutes permission for your photograph, recorded voice or image to be used for promotional purposes; holding harmless the library and its agents and employees from and against any claims or liability arising from or related to the use, publication or distribution of the photographs, videos, and audio recordings and without further compensation.

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Palm Springs Public Library Services:


Book Clubs

There are many book clubs associated with the Palm Springs Public Library; all are open to the public. To learn more about PSPL book clubs, please visit the PSPL Book Club Page.

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Computer Skills Classes

The Library offers a variety of computer skills classes to the public free of charge. Please register in advance by calling the library at (760) 322-READ (ask to speak to a librarian) or by visiting the library. Walk-ins are welcome (bring your own device).

Visit the Event Calendar to see upcoming computer classes.

1st Thursday of Each Month from 10:00-11:30 am
  • Beginning Computer Skills Class*:  Learn about personal computers, tablets, smartphones and laptops, operating systems, software and the internet
    *Computer availability is limited (register to reserve a computer). Walk-ins can follow along on their own devices.
1st Thursday of Each Month from 3:00-4:30pm
  • Email & Internet Basics Class**:  Learn about getting connected to the internet, surfing the web and using email
  • Social Media Basics Class**:  Learn more about Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites
  • Résumé & Job Searching Class**: Learn about library/internet resources, how to create an résumé and cover letter, interviewing skills and how to search and apply for jobs online
    **These classes alternate every third month. Use of a computer is not required for these classes. Walk-ins can bring their own devices.
3rd Thursday of Each Month from 10:00-11:30am
  • Word Processing 101 Class*** Learn about MS Word and other word processing programs
  • PowerPoint 101 Class***:  Learn how to create presentations with MS PowerPoint
  • Excel 101 Class***:  Learn how to create spreadsheets with MS Excel
    ***These advanced classes alternate every third month. Computer availability is limited (register to reserve a computer). Walk-ins can follow along on their own devices.

To allow the most people the opportunity to benefit from classes, repeat registrations for classes are not permitted within the same calendar year (individuals who wish to attend repeatedly may bring their own devices and observe the class as walk-ins).

Classes on offer may be reduced in the summer months.

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FREE WiFi Hotspot

Free WiFi is available

If you have a WiFi enabled laptop, Smartphone or other wireless device, you can stay connected at the Library for FREE! Click here for PSPL's Internet Acceptable Use Policy.

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HelpNow Online Homework Help from Brainfuse

Online live tutoring and homework help, including an Adult Learning Center.
CLICK HERE for more information in English.

Tutoría y ayuda con la tarea en línea vivo, incluyendo un Centro de Educación de Adultos.
HAZ CLIC AQUÍ para más información en Español.

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Interlibrary Loans and Holds

Materials not owned by this library and at least 6 months old may be borrowed from other libraries in the US at a cost of $5 per request. Additional charges may be assessed from the loaning library. A fee of $5 will be charged if items are not picked up within 5 days of notice. For additional information about Interlibrary Loan Policies, please see the Interlibrary Loan Section Under Library Fees.

Most Palm Springs Library materials may be placed on hold if they are checked out. Fifteen titles may be placed on hold at a time, and they must be placed on hold under the name of the person who will be checking them out. Holds may be placed in person, by phone, via the PSPL mobile app or through the Library's Catalog with your valid Palm Springs Library Card. When your item becomes available, you will be notified by email or by the Circulation Desk. For additional information about holds, please see the Holds Section under Policies.

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Research (Including Assistance, Obituary and Article Requests)

Research Assistance

Looking for personalized help with online research projects? Look no further; the Reference team at the Palm Springs Public Library offers one-on-one help sessions by appointment. During these sessions you will be assisted in web and database searching. To make an appointment call 760-322-READ.

Research Services (Including Obituary and Article Requests)

A Reference Librarian may provide research assistance for a fee:

  • Obituaries and Article Requests
    • Copies of obituaries and articles from The Desert Sun can be sent to customers for a nonrefundable fee of $5.00 per items (due in advance at time of request).
    • For obituaries, send the name of the deceased and date of death. For other items, include citation data gathered from the news search page on the Local News Index Page.
      • Be aware that a large portion of The Desert Sun (1934-1978) has been digitized and is freely available on the Accessing the Past website
    • For all requests, a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) and a money order (US funds from US banks ONLY) payable to Palm Springs Library must be included. Due to City Policy, we are unable to accept personal checks.
    • Send to:

Palm Springs Public Library
ATTN: Reference Librarian/Local News Index
300 S. Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262

  • Original Research
    • Fee (nonrefundable) = $54.00 per hour
    • Photocopies billed at $0.25 per page
    • If you cannot utilize archival materials in person, original research is billed at $54.00
      per hour. Original research is defined as such on a case by case basis by the Reference
      Staff. It generally entails researching questions that require more than a quick look-up,
      or searching for an obituary if you do not have the exact death date.

Research and copy fees are nonrefundable, even if your requested item or
information is not located.

For more additional information about Research Services (including guidance about how to search for citations within our Local News Index), please view the Local News Index. You may also contact us directly at:

Email: Library.Info@palmspringsca.gov
Phone: (760) 322-READ (7323)

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Disability Services @ PSPL

Assisted Listening Devices (ALDs) are instruments designed to amplify sounds to make it easier for persons who are hearing impaired to enjoy a library program.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a a program, service, or activity of the City of Palm Springs, should contact Marcus Fuller, ADA Coordinator, as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.

For additional information and resources please see PSPL's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Assistive Services and Resources page.

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Room/Facility Rentals

Clockwise: The Learning Center @ PSPL, the Main Library Atrium @ PSPL and the Cornelia White Meeting Room @ The WMML. 
 The Learning Center @ PSPL  Main Library Atrium @ PSPL
 Cornelia White Community Room @ WMML

The Palm Springs Public Library (PSPL) and the Welwood Murray Memorial Library (WMML) have three (3) rooms that are available for rent: The Learning Center at PSPL, the Main Library Atrium at PSPL and the Cornelia White Community Room at the WMML. For questions, information about availability, or to make a reservation, contact the Library Services & Public Relations Manager at (760) 416-6731.

Library events take priority over rentals. When the rooms are not in use for Library programming—including events book clubs, classes and FOPSL and Library board meetings—they are available for rent. The Library does not discriminate; the room is available to all interested parties that are able to pay the rental fee and adhere to Library policies.

Rentals of The Learning Center at PSPL and the Cornelia White Community Room at the WMML are available Monday through Friday ONLY during regular Library hours. Special arrangements can sometimes be made for weekend or after-hours rentals at the discretion of the Library. Rental of the Main Library Atrium at PSPL is only available after hours and availability is determined on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Library. Added fees, security, permits and insurance may be required for any rental of the Main Library Atrium space.

A 50% discount (of the rental fee only) is given to valid nonprofit organizations; proof of 501(c)3 status will be required at the time of reservation.

Learn more about Room/Facility Rentals:

The Learning Center @ PSPL

Main Library Atrium @ PSPL

Cornelia White Community Room @ The WMML

Room/Facility Rentals Comparison

The Learning Center @ PSPL

The Learning Center @ PSPL

The Learning Center (TLC) is a multipurpose room ideal for lectures, presentations and small to medium size meetings.

  • The room capacity maximum is 90 people and there is seating for 80 people (chairs only) or 30 people maximum (utilizing tables and chairs). There are ten (10) conference size (72"W by 18"D) folding tables available for use. It is the responsibility of the renting party for setup of tables and chairs (and for returning the room back to its original state).
  • The room is equipped with a podium. A wall-mounted TV display can be connected to your laptop via an HDMI connector or your presentation can be downloaded onto our PC based system to display. We also have a Blu-ray/DVD player and Sound/Audio system (one microphone only) available for use.
  • Refreshments may be brought in with prior approval (drinks must have lids, caps or be covered). Any excess food must be removed (taken with you) at the end of the event. Please note, no eating is allowed inside the main library itself so all eating must be kept within The Learning Center.
  • Smoking or using e-cigarettes is not permitted anywhere in the building, inside the Library Courtyard Patio or anywhere within Sunrise Park in accordance with the City of Palm Springs Ordinance No. 6.10.083 stating that Smoking is Prohibited in Parks and Outdoor Public Places.
  • Activities and programs shall be conducted in a manner that does not interfere with normal library operations. Noise level is subject to regulation by library staff.
  • Use of nails, screws, staples, or any fastener that damages the wall surface is prohibited.
  • Computer and electronic equipment in the room must remain in place and cannot be unplugged.
  • The Palm Springs Public Library is not responsible for the loss or damage to individual or group property before, during, or after the meeting. The library cannot store equipment or supplies for any group prior or following facility rental. The library cannot supply supervision over exhibits or group displays.
  • Access is allowed for only the period of time reserved and paid for in advance. If additional setup time is required that can be discussed and an additional fee may apply. At the time of reservation, a completed Facility Rental Application Form will be required along with the payment in full for the reservations to be valid. The person signing the original Facility Rental Application will be held responsible for proper use and clean-up of the room. To ensure fire safety, at no time shall any exits be covered or obstructed during an event.

The Learning Center @ PSPL Fees
Rental Rate
(Due in full at time of reservation with any other fees for the rental)

Half Day

$129.00 (Up to 4 hours)

Full Day

$259.00 (Up to 8 hours)

Nonprofit Rate 50% of above Rental Rates for valid nonprofit organizations with proof of  501(c)3 status.

Nonrefundable Processing Fee

+$27.00
For more information, call the Library Services & Public Relations Manager at (760) 416-6731 or view the Room/Facility Rentals Comparison Table. Additional fees and requirements may apply.

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Main Library Atrium @ PSPL

The Main Library Atrium is ideal for large receptions, mixers, Main Library Atrium @ PSPLor celebrations.

  • The room capacity varies and will be discussed at the time of inquiry. Rental of the Library Atrium is only available after hours and availability is determined on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Library. Added fees for an attendant, security, permits and insurance may be required and will be discussed at the time of inquiry.
  • Special floor plan ideas are to be discussed and approved at time of reservation. The library does not have staff to move items; setup and breakdown are the renters’ responsibility. Library furniture may be utilized for seating provided that all furniture is moved back into place at the end of the event. The space can be transformed with rental furniture, accessories and lighting and can be configured in many ways. The library has a podium, a portable 4’ x 8’ stage with an 8” rise, and Sound/Audio system (one microphone only) available for use.
  • It is recommended that a caterer is used for refreshments; that may be the best option if alcoholic beverages are desired. All permitting requirements will be discussed at the time of inquiry. Smoking or using e-cigarettes is not permitted anywhere in the building, inside the Library Courtyard Patio or anywhere within Sunrise Park in accordance with the City of Palm Springs Ordinance No. 6.10.083 stating that Smoking is Prohibited in Parks and Outdoor Public Places.
  • Because of the after-hours nature of this rental, groups using the Atrium are allowed access for only the period of time reserved and paid for in advance. If additional setup time is required that can be discussed and an additional fee may apply. If clean-up by the individual renter/group is not satisfactory, the individual/group will be charged for any labor and expenses incurred by the library to restore the facility to its original condition. To ensure fire safety, at no time shall any exits be covered or obstructed during an event.
Main Library Atrium @ PSPL Fees
Rental Rate
(Due in full at time of reservation with any other fees for the rental)

Half Day

$215.00 (Up to 4 hours)

Full Day

$646.00 (Up to 8 hours)

Nonprofit Rate 50% of above Rental Rates for valid nonprofit organizations with proof of  501(c)3 status.

Nonrefundable Processing Fee

+$27.00
Attendant Fee
One Management Library Staff Member must be on site for entire event (including setup and cleanup) for an additional cost of $66.00 per hour (minimum 4 hours, then hourly). 
For more information, call the Library Services & Public Relations Manager at (760) 416-6731 or view the Room/Facility Rentals Comparison Table. Additional fees and requirements may apply.

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Room/Facility Rental Comparison

Facility Name The Learning Center Main Library Atrium Cornelia White Community Room
Location PSPL PSPL WMML
Room Capacity 90 Call for information.
38
Chairs 80 Call for information.
32
Tables

Seating for 30 with up to 10 tables

Call for information.
4 tables can be arranged in classroom style for 8 or board meeting style for 12.
Room Setup
Please call for Room setup requests. Upon approval, setup and breakdown are the renter's responsibility. Furniture arrangement in the space must be restored to previous condition before rental.
Hours Available (Please call to check availability)
Monday-Friday during regular PSPL hours. At the discretion of the Library, special arrangements can sometimes be made for weekends or after-hours rentals.
Call for hours available.
Call for hours available.
For questions or to make a reservation:
Call the Library Services & Public Relations Manager at (760) 416-6731.
Costs
Rental Rate
(Due in full at time of reservation with any other fees for the rental)

Half Day

$129.00 (Up to 4 hours)

$215.00 (Up to 4 hours)

$215.00 (Up to 4 hours)

Full Day

$259.00 (Up to 8 hours)

$646.00 (Up to 8 hours)

$646.00 (Up to 12 hours)

Nonprofit Rate 50% of Above Rental Rates for Valid Nonprofit Organizations with Proof of  501(c)3 Status.

Nonrefundable Processing Fee

+$27.00 +$27.00 +$27.00
Attendant Fee
(Main Library Atrium only)

None
None One Management Library Staff Member must be on site for entire event (including setup and cleanup) for an additional cost of $66.00 per hour (minimum 4 hours, then hourly).
Additional Fees
Additional fees will apply for events with alcohol (with appropriate insurance and permits). Security needs will be decided by police department. Please call for more information.
Insurance
Insurance requirements vary based on event and will be discussed at inquiry.
Payment
Total rental fee (including any additional fees) is due at time of reservation. A 50% discount on the Facility Rental Rate is available to valid non-profit organizations with proof of 501(c)3 status. Payment may be made in the form of cash, charge [V/MC only] or check payable to the Palm Springs Public Library.
Cancellation Policy
Any cancellation must be made 72 hours (3 business days) before the event for a refund (less the processing fee), otherwise payment received is nonrefundable. In the event of a valid cancellation, any refund will be made via check to the responsible party and will take approximately 2-3 weeks to process. It will be sent to the name and address listed on the Facility Use Application & Agreement form. 

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