Professional assistance with informational and research questions is offered on a wide variety of subjects and topics. Internet and other on-line searching is provided for consumer ratings, business profiles, investment opportunities, state and federal laws, magazine articles, and the latest research in science and technology. Advanced research is handled by our second-level reference service through our membership in the Southern California Library Cooperative (SCLC).
Reading lists on popular genres, classics, and current fiction titles are available; a large selection of books on tapes are accessible through our on-line catalog; and best-seller reservations are quickly processed. Our Adult Book Club meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 12:00 P.M. Call (310) 524-2728 for more information.
Student assistance in finding resources for homework and other assignments is provided. Handouts and other guides for parents are available for selecting age-appropriate reading materials for children ages preschool through the 8th grade.
Library patrons may view their records to see what books they have checked out and when they are due. In addition, the El Segundo Public Library now offers specialized online databases available offsite if you have an El Segundo Public Library Card. To access either of these functions, go to the El Segundo Public Library's home page at http://library.elsegundo.org/.
Tutoring for adults over 18 is offered by trained volunteers through our Literacy Program. Instruction takes place in the privacy of our Chevron USA, Inc., Literacy Room. Anyone interested in volunteering or in being tutored should contact the Information Services Department at (310) 524-2728.
Computer Labs for adult and children provide word processing, spreadsheets, educational games, and typing tutorials. Adults are charged a minimal registration fee and children may sign up to use a computer for free with a valid library card.
Genealogy and local historical research is provided in our Abby Jean Krimmel Mesak Memorial Heritage Room. Special rare photographs, maps, directories, yearbooks and other clippings comprise our historical documents. Our volunteer genealogy group is ready to assist library users interested in tracing their family heritage with our handy guides, state surname indexes, extensive periodicals, and census reports from the late 1800s.
Books, magazine articles, government codes, census reports, and other requested items can be obtained from local, state, national, and international libraries through a large automated database for a fee.
Weekly programs for toddlers (2 yrs), preschoolers (3-5 yrs), and school-aged children (5-12 yrs) are provided weekly during the fall, winter, spring and summer sessions. A monthly calendar is available from the library. Registration is required for most of the programs.
Regular story times are provided for the El Segundo Unified School District's Kindergarten classes, as well as for preschoolers in the area. Class visits are available for other elementary grades by scheduling at least one month in advance with the Children's Librarian.
The Summer Reading Program is an eight-week program designed to encourage children to read for fun during the summer months. Children choose a club based on their age and reading level, and receive grab bags with surprises for every 10 books they read. Special story times and events are also planned, including an ice cream party at the end of the program. This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the El Segundo Public Library, Inc.
Toys are available for check-out during special Toy Loan times listed on the monthly calendar. A variety of puzzles, games, preschool toys, and dolls are available. Toys for children with special needs are also available.
Upon proof of residency, library cards are issued free to El Segundo residents. Library cards are also free to residents of cities belonging to SCLS. With proper identification, library cards may also be issued to citizens who do not reside in El Segundo, or in one of the SCLS jurisdictions. The annual fee for a non-resident card is $40. Replacement cards are $2. A current driver's license, utility bill, or other official mail received with your current address is valid identification. There must be an address on your piece of identification. Post office box numbers are not an acceptable form of I.D.
Most materials are loaned for a period of three weeks. Videos, DVD's, and Blu-rays are loaned for three days with a $1.50 per video charge. Video proceeds go back into an account to purchase new videos. For more circulation rules and guidelines, inquire at the Circulation Desk, (310) 524-2722.
A fine of 20 cents per day is charged for materials kept beyond the due date. Special materials such as reference books, videos and best-sellers have different rates. When materials are lost, the borrower pays the retail or replacement cost of the item plus a processing fee of $5.15.
The Friends of the Library, Inc., is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization of volunteers committed to generating community interest and support for the library. The Friends rely on membership dues, used-book sales, silent auctions, corporate and private donations, and other various fundraising activities to support the library and to fund a variety of programs. A few of those programs and services include: funding the Children's Summer Reading Program, hosting cultural programs for adults, purchasing books and equipment for areas of the library, and providing genealogy and local history services for interested library users. Applications for membership are available at the Circulation Desk.