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Manage My Account

Get A Library Card

To ease access of use we have now set up a way in which you can obtain a library card online. Simply click here and fill out the form.

To check out materials from the Library, you need to obtain a Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory card. Most California residents can get a card at no cost; there is a fee for out of state patrons and for California residents from communities not participating in the State of California Universal Borrowing Program..

To receive a library card at no charge:

A person possessing a valid California ID containing their current mailing address requires: The California ID only. A valid California ID with an outdated address, Military I.D., or Green Card requires: The ID AND one of the following: A utility bill, check book, or bank statement showing their current mailing address.

An out-of-state ID (PROPERTY OWNER, LEASING OR RENTING) or US Passport requires: The out-of-state ID or US Passport AND one of the following: A property tax bill, homeowners insurance, homeowners association bill OR A rental or lease agreement showing a term of 5 months or longer.

If none of these apply, a card can be purchased: $10 for a 1 month card, $30 for 6 months or $45 for 12 months

Download Library Card Application

Access My Account

Your Library card and PIN grant you access to many different accounts and services. These instructions pertain to your library account with our cataloging system, where you are able to change your PIN number, see your current checkouts, renew items, check the status of holds, suspend and cancel hold suspensions, and check for fines.

You are able to access your account by performing a catalog search, or by clicking on "Connect", then "My Account" in our website's navigation menu. Once you've arrived to our catalog system, enter your library card number and PIN and click on "Login". You are now logged into your account.

Find Out My Pin

By default, your PIN is the last 5 digits of your library card number. If you've forgotten your PIN or would like to change your PIN and are unable to do so online, we welcome your call to us during our operating hours. We are happy to serve you.

Place A Hold

Click on on the far right of the navigation bar above. Type in the title, author or keyword and press enter or return. At this time the library catalog system will open in your browser. Find a title listed in Search Results and click on Place Hold (listed on the right-hand side).

You can also place a hold on multiple items by clicking the checkbox of each item then clicking on Place Hold under the Select an Action menu.

Enter your library card number and pin # (usually the last 5 digits of your library card number) and click Place Hold. The title is now on hold for you.

Click OK to return to the catalog. You will receive an email or a phone call when the item is ready for you.

Pay My Fine

The Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory has gone fine free! There are still fees for lost or damaged materials. Fees can be paid at the Checkout Desk with cash, check, or a credit card. Patrons who have outstanding fees over $10, or long overdue items, will be blocked from borrowing any additional items or accessing online materials. For more information please contact the Library at (760) 341-7323.


A Magazine

We offer Digital Magazines through RBDigital.

An eBook

We offer eBooks through Overdrive and eAudiobooks through RBDigital..

A Movie

We offer classics movies, independent films and documentaries through Kanopy, and British TV Shows through RBDigital.

Contribute to the Library

Make A Contribution

The Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory Foundation welcomes your support for its fundraising efforts. For more information, please visit the Rancho Mirage Library Foundation webpage.

Become A Volunteer

If you're interested in volunteering at the Library, please:

Print and sign the VOLUNTEER Application Form. You can either submit your completed form in person or mail it to the library at 71100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage CA, 92270

Use Library Services

Ask a Librarian

Need information? Want suggestions for what to read next? Ask a librarian. Whether you need to know the average October rainfall in London or the name of a writer who might please readers who like John Grisham, librarians are happy to help. Ask at the Information Desk, over the phone or via email.

It's simple. You can visit the library, or send us an email (, or call 760-341-7323, Monday - Saturday, 9AM - 6PM.

Librarian By Appointment

Wish you knew how to find information using the Library's fabulous electronic databases? Now you can! Meet with a librarian, one-on-one, for instruction on how to use the Library's web catalog, to use subscription databases or to learn how to check out e-books. We are happy to serve you!

Set up an appointment with us by calling the library at 760-341-7323, Monday - Saturday, 9AM - 6PM.

Internet Tutoring

Volunteer Internet tutors help untangle the mysteries of the World Wide Web and email. Contact the Information Desk to set up a free appointment.

Set up an appointment with us by calling the library at 760-341-7323, Monday - Saturday, 9AM - 6PM.

Reserve A Meeting Room

The Library has two rooms that are available for groups to meet. The specific requirements for use are detailed in the Library Meeting Room Use Policy. Please read through our Meeting Room Policy and complete the Application. Library staff will review your request and contact you regarding the availability of space for your group.

Return the form to the Library:
ATTN: Meeting Room Use Request
71-100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Policy and Application

Print From The Library

You may print from the library using one of the library public computers or you may print from your own device by following this link. Black & White printing costs $0.10 per page, and color is $0.25 per page.

Library Policies

We Are Here to Serve!

Welcome to the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory website! The site offers a feast of content but is designed to help you find what you need quickly, including our extensive programming schedule, the books and media in our collections, and how to check your library account. You can call us at 760-341-7323 or send an email to if you have questions as to better access the library resources on our website. We are here 9 AM to 6 PM Monday through Saturday, and open until 8 PM on Wednesdays.
Aaron Espinosa, Library and Observatory Director

All of our programs are funded by the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory Foundation

For more information, please call (760) 341-7323, extension 605.