Yolo County Library

Library policies

Please see Library Services during COVID-19 for information on services and policies during the pandemic. 
The Yolo County Library provides access for all to books, informational technology, and other media to inform, entertain and inspire. The library system is comprised of the administrative and technical services departments and seven branch libraries.

The Library was established in 1910. It operates under the general supervision of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, which appoints the County Librarian and the County Library Advisory Board.

The Library is funded by property taxes, state funds, library fees, and donations. Davis area voters approved a special tax in 1989 for additional services at the Stephens Davis Branch including Sunday hours. The cities of West Sacramento and Winters also contribute additional funds for enhanced library services.

Library Cards
When you apply for a Yolo County Library card, you need to present written verification of your present mailing address, preferably your driver’s license. Children under age 18 need the signature of a parent or legal guardian on the application form. The library card gives you borrowing privileges at all Yolo County Library branches. Residents of California are eligible to obtain library cards from most public libraries in this state.

Library Code of Behavior

    • Treat people, materials, and furniture with respect.
    • Speak and act in a manner that doesn’t disturb others.
    • Leave pets, bicycles, and any large objects outside the building.
    • Young children must be closely supervised by a responsible adult.
    • Honor all library rules and procedures.
    • Immediately report suspicious, unsafe, or discourteous behavior to a staff member.
    • Consume food and drink outside the library or in designated areas.

Borrowing Privileges  
Patrons may borrow books and audiobooks for three weeks. Most other library materials circulate for one week. Check our fines and checkout limits for updated information.

Renewals and Returns
Most library books and materials may be renewed via our online catalog or in person, except for those items on “hold”.

Requests and Holds
Holds can be placed online or at any branch on any circulating items owned by Yolo County Library. For materials not found in the Yolo County Library catalog, you can search the LINK+ catalog or make a request at any branch for items we don’t own.

Public Computing
Every branch offers public access computers that are connected to the World Wide Web. Call or visit your branch for details.

Yolo County Library Internet Acceptable Use Policy
Yolo County Library offers the Internet to the public in keeping with its mission to provide access for all to books and other media to inform, entertain and inspire. Users of the Internet should be aware that the Internet is a global entity. Yolo County Library specifically disclaims any warranty as to the information’s accuracy, authoritativeness, and timeliness. This library shall have no liability for any direct, indirect, or consequential damages related to the use of information. Some Internet sites contain information which one may find controversial or offensive. The library has no control over the information on the Internet, makes no attempt to censor the information and cannot be held responsible for its content. As is the case with other resources in the library’s collection, any restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.

To reduce the risk of unauthorized access to personal accounts and information, all users should log off of any personal accounts properly. The Library assumes no responsibility and shall have no liability for any unauthorized access to personal accounts or information.


The Internet workstation must be used in a responsible manner. Users must respect the rights of others and take care with the use of the equipment. Computer and Internet settings may not be changed. Additional software or files may not be installed or downloaded to any library computer.

Users are prohibited from using workstations to access the personal accounts and information of prior users. Any use or attempted use of a workstation for such purposes will result in the loss of workstation privileges. The workstation cannot be used for any fraudulent or unlawful purpose, including any activities prohibited under any applicable federal, California, or local laws.

It is the user’s responsibility to be aware of the display of any notices concerning the copyright of information on the Internet and to respect the copyright laws of the United States.

The County of Yolo is committed to providing an environment free from harassment. Users are not to display on screens and/or printers materials which may be reasonably construed to be obscene or objectionable by community standards.

Adopted by the Yolo County Board of Supervisors April 28, 1998 (updated by Library staff on August 7, 2015)

Meeting Room Policy
The Stephens-Davis, West Sacramento (AFT), Winters and Esparto branches have meeting rooms that can be reserved for use. Our meeting room policy [pdf].