9 Things to Check Out That Aren’t Books

Nowadays libraries offer so much more than books! Check out some cool things that you can get from San Jose Public Library that aren't books.

dinosaur wee kitWee Play Kits

Want to engage your toddler in some learning play? Discover San Jose Library’s Wee Play and Learn Kits. Each kit comes with learning activity games and toys (and some books as well). Available kits: Alphabet, Dinosaur, Simple Science, Building by design, and Creative movement. These kits retail for $100 in stores, why not check them out for free? Pro-tip: Items can be requested online via our library catalog.

hooplaStreaming media via Hoopla

eMovies and eMusic. Sure, most people know you can borrow DVD movies from the library, but did you know you can stream movies, television shows, and music? (Six checkout items per month.)

lucky dayNew DVD movies (Lucky Day Collection)

Why go to Redbox? You can check out recent DVD releases from our Lucky Day collection. Many of the movies hit the shelves the same day they come out on Redbox (2 Lucky Day DVD maximum checkouts. 1 week checkout).

discover and goMuseum Passes: Discover & GO

San Jose Public library cardholders get free or discounted museum tickets. Some of the museums featured are the Charles M. Schulz Museum, Pacific Pinball Museum, San Jose Museum of Art, and the Tech Museum, just to name a few. You can select the day you are interested in attending and print on the spot.

DIY ToolkitHome Energy Saving Kit

Silicon Valley Energy Watch do-it-yourself (DIY) home energy saving toolkit. Learn some energy-saving tips with this toolkit. Bonus: some of the items you get to keep, like energy saving bulbs and a low-flow shower head.



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This e-learning website offers relevant job-related webinars taught by experts. Some of the topics offered are SharePoint, website design, Microsoft paint 3D, and how to become a small business owner.

Customguide Online Software Training

Learn Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook Access, and more.

TreeHouse Learning Community logoTreehouse

Want to learn how to build an app or some tips on starting a business? Among some of the classes are HTML, website design, and SEO. There are too many subjects to list here!

Mango Languages logo with word bubblesMango Languages

60 languages are offered in this language class, some even include films to make learning fun.

Pronunciator - Learn a new language


Learn up 80 different languages, taught from live teachers.



Thank you for this information!

Awesome, I had no idea. Thanks for sharing this information with me. I hope can utilize all if them soon

Thanks for this info. I had no idea all this was available. Someone told me you can borrow books to play on your smart phone. I would be interested in learning more about this.

Yes, Cheryl! We offer a slew of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines! please check out our eBook section (under collections). Here is the link to get started: https://www.sjpl.org/ebooks-emedia Feel free to come into the branch as well. Some of branches have eBook help on certain days. Thank you everyone for your comments.

Hello Cheryl, yes you can! We offer a lot of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines. Here is a link to get started https://www.sjpl.org/ebooks-emedia (You can also look under "Collections" the 1st tab at the top of the homescreen and select "eBooks"). Additionally, some branches hold eBook hands on help events during certain days of the month--please check it out under our "events" section. Thanks everyone for your comments.

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