Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where is the Library located?
The Downey City Library is located a 11121 Brookshire Avenue in Downey. We are just north of the intersection of Brookshire Avenue and Firestone Boulevard between the Downey Theater and City Hall.

For a map and driving directions please click here.


When is the Library open?
Monday – Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Note: Baby Storytimes are offered on most Saturdays at 9:15 a.m., please check our calendar to be sure)
Sunday: Closed


Can anyone get a Library card?
Yes! We can issue you a regular card if you have photo ID and proof of your current California address (i.e., a current California Driver’s License or California Identification card). Children under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present when obtaining a card. If you don't live in California or cannot prove your current address, we can issue you a "Limited Borrower" card which allows you to check out up to 3 books at a time, plus access our computer lab, online databases and e-books. There is a fee of $1.00 to replace a lost library card.


How long may I borrow materials?
The loan period for all materials except DVDs, test books, and magazines is 3 weeks (21 days). Non-fiction DVDs, test books, and magazines have a loan period of 7 days. Entertainment DVDs and Blu-Rays can be borrowed for free for up to 3 days.


What if I return my books late?
A charge of $.15 per day, per item is placed on your card if an item is overdue. The library staff will alert you at the Checkout Desk when you have outstanding fines and bills. You may inquire about outstanding fines on your card at any time by calling our Automated Telephone Renewal and Notification System line at (562) 869-5723. You can also check your account by clicking here.


I’ve lost my library card. What do I do?
A library card is a lot like a credit card. It allows you to use library materials and holds you liable for lost and overdue materials. If you lose your library card, immediately call or come into the Library and speak with library staff. They will void your lost library card number and issue you a new card. There is a $1.00 replacement fee for a lost or stolen library card.


Help! My dog ate my book!
If you lose or damage library materials, you will be required to pay for the replacement cost of the item(s) and a $5.00 processing fee.


Can I return my books after the Library closes?
Yes! There are two outside book drops that are open when the Library is closed.


Do I have a PIN and how do I find out what it is?
Yes! A PIN is a personal identification number that is the equivalent to a password for accessing your online record. Your assigned PIN is the last four (4) digits of your phone number. Speak to library staff if you wish to change your PIN.


Can I use my Los Angeles County Library card at the Downey City Library?
You will need a Downey City Library card to check out materials or use the computer lab.


Can I renew library materials that are due soon?
Yes! All three-week loan items may be renewed for an additional loan period with the exception of items on hold for another person. 3- day and 7-day materials are not renewable. Renewals can be done any day prior to the due date, and will extend your due date three weeks from the date of renewal. You can renew your materials online or bring the material to the Library for renewal or call our Automated Telephone Renewal and Notification System at (562)869-5723 and follow the prompts.


Can the Library’s catalog and/or other databases be accessed from my home or office?
Yes! The library catalog can be searched via the library website from your home or office computer. Use the "Catalog" tab on the navigation bar. To access the databases you need to select "Databases" from the navigation bar. You will need a Downey City Library card barcode to access the on-line databases outside the Library.


What does it mean when I request an item from the catalog?
If the item is checked out (meaning someone else already has the item), by requesting the item you are putting yourself on the waiting list for it when it comes in. When the item is available, it is held at the Checkout Desk and you are notified to come pick it up. If the item is checked in, you need to call the Adult Information Desk at (562) 904-7360, ext. 132 and ask a librarian to hold the item for you. If you have any questions about your request, please feel free to call a librarian at the Adult Information Desk.


Does the library offer any programs?
Yes! The Library offers programs for all ages. You can find a list of programs on the homepage or by clicking on the Calendar of Events link on the Homepage.


Does the Library offer any classes?
Yes! The Library offers computer classes. You can find a list of the computer classes being offered by clicking on the City's Parks & Recreation Guide. You can register for a computer class in person at the Adult Information Desk or by calling (562) 904-7360, ext. 132.


Does the Library have tax forms?
Yes! In limited numbers - we have a book of reproducible tax forms, which may be copied for a fee, along with all of the instruction booklets. Our staff can also walk you through how to print out your forms online.


Does the Library accept gift books and magazines?
Yes! The Library welcomes donations of money or library materials that enhance and increase the usefulness of its collection.

For your convenience, materials may be left in the book bin marked "Donations" which is on your left as you enter the Library. If you would like a receipt, please ask for one at the Checkout Desk when you make your donation. We are not able to pick up donations from patrons' homes. However, if you will need help getting the books from your car to the Library, or need other assistance, please make an appointment with the Senior Library Assistant at (562) 904-7360 x119. If you would like to make a donation in memory or in honor of a loved one, please contact Library Administration at (562) 904-7360 x110 so that commemorative bookplates may be placed in each book. We greatly appreciate your generosity.


Do you have computers that the public can use?
Yes! The Library offers 17 computers for public use in the computer lab. There is no charge to use the computers. Computer users need a Downey City Library card, which will give you 60 minutes per day of computer access. Printing is available at a cost of $0.15 (black & white) and $0.50 (color) per page. The computers have Windows 7, Microsoft Office suite of software loaded, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher (all 2010). The computers also can read and burn CDs as well as offering available USB ports and headphone ports.


Does the Library have copiers?
Yes! There are three copy machines in the Library. Two are black & white copy machines and one offers color copying. The cost is $0.15 per page for black & white copies and $0.50 per page for color copies.


Does the Library have a fax machine for public use?
Yes! The Library has limited fax service. Please ask for assistance at the front desk (Checkout).


Can I volunteer at the library?
Yes! Ask about volunteering at any of the service desks: Checkout, Adult Information Desk, or Children’s Desk, or call us.


Does the Library offer WiFi/Wireless?
Yes! The library now offers free WiFi during library hours, available inside the library. Ask staff for login information.


Can I bring drinks into the Library?
Yes! Covered drinks are allowed - please just be careful. The Library now has a coffee cart: Vazza Cafe, with espresso drinks, smoothies and more!