Account Information

Library Cards

Any California resident may obtain a Colton Public Library card at no charge. Identification (showing a photo and date of birth) with current proof of address is required for adults 18 years and older. A parent or guardian's signature is all that is required for persons under 18. All persons applying for a card must be present.

Library Card Application (PDF)

Computer Usage Agreement (PDF)

You must have your library card present to check out materials or to use the public computers. Library cards are nontransferable.

Library card replacement fees:

  • $1.50: All Juveniles
  • $3: City of Colton Residents
  • $5: City of Colton Non-Residents

Library accounts may be managed in person or online. Accounts can be managed online by entering the entire bar-code on the back of the library card without spaces and the password, which is the last four numbers of the phone number on record.

Computer Guest Passes available only for Out-of-State Patrons for a fee of $2.


There is no limit to how many books or magazines you may check out. There is a limit of eight DVD's, CD's, and audio-books.

Due Dates

We place a date due card in each item as it is checked out. We ask that you return materials with the date due cards or there will be a $1.50 fee for each missing card.

  • White date due cards are used for two-week loans, such as books and magazines.
  • Green date due cards are used for one-week loans, such as new books, CD's, educational DVDs, and audio-books.
  • Pink date due cards are used for one-business day loans, such as DVDs.

There is a maximum renewal of two times per item borrowed. Everything, except DVDs, can be renewed by telephone. DVDs must be renewed in person with your library card.


Everything checked out at the Colton Public Library is free to borrow, as long as it is returned on time. Late fees begin accruing the business day following the due date on each item as follows:

  • Adult books and magazines - $0.25 per day
  • CD's and audio books - $0.25 per day
  • Children's books - $0.10 per day
  • DVDs - $1.00 per day

Please return all DVDs and CD's to our indoor audiovisual drop during business hours. After business hours, return them to the outdoor book drop.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Patrons can request material that is not available at the library via Interlibrary Loan, which is a nationwide cooperation between libraries. Please be aware that it may take one to four weeks to receive a loan depending on the availability of materials. There will be a $2.00 processing charge for each Interlibrary Loan request. Please see library staff to request an ILL or fill out the Interlibrary Request Form (PDF) and return to the front desk of the main library.