Sacramento Local Library Resources
Many students find using an academic or public library closer to home more convenient for their studies. Click on a library listed below for useful information about borrowing policies.
If seeking books not held by Western’s library, students are encouraged to use the LINK feature on the Sacramento Public Library’s catalog. Books can be requested from numerous libraries from across the state with an easy interlibrary loan feature. Please see your librarian if you have questions or need assistance.
American River College (Sacramento)
American River College does not extend borrowing privileges to people who are not enrolled in the Los Rios Community College District. Western students may use the collection in-house.
California State University (Sacramento)
CSUS gives library cards to community borrowers who live in the Sacramento area and show a valid photo I.D. and a second proof of address (check, utility bill, car registration). Community Borrowers may check out 5 items at a time. Fees range from $25 for 3 months to $75 for one year.
Cosumnes River College (Sacramento)
Community borrowers can obtain borrowing privileges by becoming a Friend of the Library for $30 each semester. Books from this library can also be obtained through the Sacramento Public Library using interlibrary loan.
Folsom Lake College
Community borrowers can borrow Folsom Lake College resources by becoming Friends of the Library. Regular membership is $30 per year. FLC alumni pay $15 per year.
Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley)
Residents of California may purchase a Community Patron borrowing card. To purchase a card, bring a picture ID that states your California address. Community Patron cards cost $40 for three months, $80 for six months, or $145 for 12 months.
Sacramento City College
Members of the community may purchase a Special Borrowers Card ($30 per year) that will allow them limited borrowing privileges (does not include Inter Library Loan). Without the Special Borrowers card, members of the community may still use library materials within the library, including the public-access computers if available (students have priority) .
Sacramento Public Library System
Any person who maintains a permanent address in California may apply for a Sacramento Public Library card. There is no fee to acquire a card. To obtain a card, please fill out an application at any Sacramento Public Library location. All applicants must show proof of address and provide an ID number from one of the following: California Drivers License, California ID, Matricula Consular, Military ID, Passport, or Resident Alien card.
One card is issued per person and may be used at any Sacramento Public Library location, as well as libraries in Colusa County , the city of Folsom, Sutter County , and the city of Woodland .
Library cards have two-year expiration dates and may be renewed at any Sacramento Public Library location. There is no fee to renew your card.
Sierra College (Rocklin)
Community borrowers can borrow Sierra College resources by becoming Friends of the Library. Regular membership is $35 per year.
University of California (Davis)
Library cards will be issued to unaffiliated individuals for $100/yr., but they do not provide access to all library services or materials. Unaffiliated borrowers are limited to 5 circulating items at one time and must show a valid California driver's license or another photo ID and proof of a California mailing address (e.g., a utility bill in the applicant's name) when applying for privileges.
Unaffiliated borrowers may not check out journals or periodicals, or use interlibrary loan, nor do they have off-site access to licensed electronic resources.
Prospective borrowers may wish to consider joining the Library Associates. Annual membership is $55.00. Members of Library Associates may borrow up to 10 items at one time. Information and applications are available at library circulation desks.
University of Nevada (Reno)
Community borrowers can obtain access to the UNR collection by joining the Friends of the Library. The fee is $25 per year for Nevada residents and $50 per year for out-of-state residents.
University of the Pacific (Stockton)
The main library at University of the Pacific offers 400,000 books and 4,000 journals. Community members may use the library for a $50 annual fee.
Washoe County Library System (Reno)
Nevada residents and California residents who live in El Dorado, Lassen, Placer, Plumas, Nevada, or Sierra counties may apply for a library card. There is no fee to acquire a card.
William Jessup University (Rocklin)
Western Seminary Sacramento students may purchase a special borrower’s card ($50 per semester) that will allow limited borrowing privileges.