Pick up a “Pack of Newbies” at Goleta Valley Library

Now offering recently published books through Sidewalk Service

Readers who miss browsing the library’s “New Books” section are now able to enjoy hot-off-the-press new release titles every Friday and Saturday! Patrons with a Goleta Valley Library card can call, text, or visit the library in person during Sidewalk Service hours on Fridays and Saturdays from 11am-4pm to pick up five books published during 2020-2021. Simply provide your last name and library card number, and pick one of the following categories:


  • Mystery
  • Fiction
  • Science Fiction


  • Fiction (Grades 7+)


  • Board Books (Babies)
  • Picture Books (Pre-K)
  • Beginning Readers (Grades K-1)
  • In-Betweens (Grades 2-3)
  • Chapter Books (Grades 4-6)

Once you place your request, one of the friendly Goleta Valley Library team members will select five books at random in the category of your choice from our New Book shelves, check them out to your account, and bring your Pack of Newbies to the library entrance for contactless pick-up through Sidewalk Service.

This brand-new program, which launched on February 19th, is designed to increase access to this specific section of the library’s collection and help get books into the hands of readers across Goleta. The Pack of Newbies program expands upon the library’s existing borrowing services: pick-up of items reserved through the catalog and Grab-N-Go bags of paperbacks. Both of these services can be enjoyed during regular Sidewalk Service hours on Wednesdays-Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Please note that a Goleta Valley Library card is required to place holds on items through the catalog and to check out a Pack of Newbies. Click here to sign up for an eCard, or stop by the library in person to register for a physical card during Sidewalk Service.

For more information on all of the library’s services, visit www.GoletaValleyLibrary.org or view the Events Calendar for upcoming virtual programs. You can also find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GoletaValleyLibrary and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/c/GoletaandSantaYnezValleyLibraries.