Frequently Asked Questions

A total of 50 items may be checked out.
Audio materials:  Maximum 10 music CDs, 10 books on CD, 10 books on tape.
Video materials:  Maximum 10 DVDs, 10 videocassettes.

  • Daily fines for all adult materials are $.30 per item with a maximum fine of $10.00 per item
  • Daily fines for juvenile materials are $.15 per item with a maximum fine of $5.00 per item
  • Adult and juvenile DVDs and videos (including rental titles) have a daily fine of $.50 per item with a maximum fine of $10.00 per item

Anyone may be issued a library card free of charge.

Proper photographic identification with a current address and signature is required. Children under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian co-sign the application in order to get a library card.

Your Burbank Library card can be used at any of the City's three facilities: the Central Library, the Buena Vista Branch and Northwest Branch Libraries. When you are issued your new library card, you will also be given a Personal Identification Number (PIN). You will need your PIN to place holds on materials, renew materials, and to view your account online. Please keep your PIN in a safe place. If your library card is lost or stolen, it is your responsibility to report it to the library.

For more information, call our Circulation Department at (818) 238-5600.

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Most library material may be borrowed for a period of 21 days. This includes books, pamphlets, maps, compact discs, audio books, and children's magazines.

Library materials that may be borrowed for days include DVDs, new fiction, adult magazines, Civil Service test study books, college test guides, Cliffs Notes, circulating encyclopedias, and videocassettes.

Rental DVDs are $1.00 each and check out for 3 days (7 days for TV shows).

How To RENEW Items

Library materials that were checked out for 21 days may be renewed once for an additional 21 days.  If the item was checked out for 7 days, it may be renewed for an additional 7 days.

Items may be renewed online, over the phone, or in person at the Circulation Desk of any Burbank Library. If calling, please have your library card and the barcode numbers of the items you wish to renew handy. If renewing online, you will need your library card and PIN.  If you don't know your PIN, contact the Circulation Desk.  Click here for library hours and telephone numbers.

To renew online:

Please note that if the item has a "Hold", the system will not allow you to renew. You may only renew an item one time.

How to RESERVE an item

  • Find the item in the iBistro catalog 
  • Click "Place Hold"
  • Type in your user ID and PIN

Holds may not be placed on Rental DVDs. 
Only adults (18 years and older) may check out DVDs and videos.
If you encounter any difficulties when placing a hold, please contact the Reference Desk at any branch of the Burbank Public Library.

How to RETURN Items

Items may be returned to any Burbank Public Library branch.

Public access Internet computers are available at all Burbank Public Library locations.  Computer users must have a valid Burbank Public Library card.  To obtain a card, fill out an application and present it along with required identification to the circulation desk. 

To use the Internet, you must read and sign a copy of the Internet Use Agreement. At that time, an "Internet" sticker will be placed on your card identifying you as an Internet user.  Internet users under the age of 18 must have their parent's or guardian's signature on the Internet Use Agreement.

For some people, the opportunity to be part of an organization and meet new people is a good enough reason for volunteering. Others like to feel they are part of a team, helping to extend service to the public. Working adults usually volunteer to serve their community and to do something different from what they do at work. Students volunteer to gain work experience, help their community and earn service hours. Retired people finally have the time to do some of the things they've always wanted to do, and they enjoy making new friends at the library.

Some of the typical volunteer opportunities include: participating as a tutor in the Literacy program, delivering books to Home Borrowers, assisting with book sales sponsored by the Friends of the Library, as well as providing general assistance to various library departments. If you're interested in becoming a volunteer, call our Volunteer Coordinator at (818) 238-5580.

Your comments are important to us.  When you visit any of the library facilities, there are suggestion forms available near the circulation/checkout area.

You may also email us with your compliments and suggestions. We thank you for taking the time to share your views.

For information on job openings at the Burbank Library, visit the City of Burbank's Online Employment Center or call the City's Employment Opportunity Hotline at (818) 238-5000.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a City of Burbank application. 


The Friends of the Burbank Public Library is a volunteer non-profit organization that was incorporated on July 15, 1980. They provide financial support and volunteer support for library programming and special purchases.

This organization functions as a conduit for tax deductible gifts to the library. Please join us.

The Burbank Public LIbrary has two large meeting rooms (one at the Central Library, one at the Buena Vista Library) available to rent for community use.  You can access our Meeting Room policies and application online.  To reserve a room or make inquiries, please call our Administration Office at (818) 238-5557.

The Buena Vista Library has three study rooms available for small group use (2 to 6 people) on a first-come, first-served basis. No future day or telephone reservations are accepted. Room reservations are made in person at the Reference Desk. You must be at least 14 years old and have a valid library card to reserve a room. These rooms are intended for informal study groups only, and not for use by groups on a regular basis or for non-educational purposes. Tutoring is not allowed (except by the library’s Literacy Department or by family members).