Account Services & Fees

Library Account Services

These account services are available with your valid Peninsula Library System Library Card. Need a card? Apply online!

Your Library Account Online

Access your library account online in order to:
  • Check / cancel holds
  • Opt to turn on your reading history, which automatically saves a history of items you've had out
  • Pay overdue fines or fees
  • Renew items

Email Notices

Get hold and overdue notices by email, rather than telephone or postcard! Also get courtesy pre-overdue notices (borrowers are responsible for returning items on time, even if pre-overdue notice is not received). To enroll or update:
  • Visit the PLS catalog
  • Log into your account
  • Click the "Modify Personal Info" button
  • Enter an email address that you'll check daily

Text Message Notices

To sign up for text message notices, just text the message SIGNUP to For more information, see the frequently asked questions. By signing up, you can:
  • Get hold and pre-overdue notices
  • Receive and manage notices for others' cards
  • Renew items
  • Search the library catalog by ISBN

Telephone Access (Telecirc)

Call our automated voice system anytime at 650-638-0399 in order to:
  • Hear fines and fees
  • Hear if items are currently being held for you
  • Hear titles and due dates for items you have out
  • Renew most items

Live Help

For live help, call 650-330-2501 during library hours. You can also send us an email (response time may be up to 1 day).

Borrowing Limits

The borrowing limits are as follows (if no holds on item):
  • DVDs: 1 week, 3 renewals
  • All other items: 3 weeks, 3 renewals


Service Fee
Hold (item transfer within PLS)
No fee
Internet login without library card
Replacement of card
Collection Agency Fee
Meeting room rental (per hour)

Overdue Fines

  • Adult: $.25 per day / $8 maximum
  • Juvenile: $.15 per day / $4 maximum
  • DVDs:  $.25 per day / $8 maximum
  • Learning Language DVDs / CDs: $.25 per day / $8 maximum
  • Lost materials: The replacement charge for lost materials includes the price of the item and a $5 processing fee. Payment for lost items is non-refundable. The library does not accept patron supplied replacements for lost items.