San José Public Library Temporary Closure
Effective Tuesday, March 17, the San José Public Library (SJPL) closed all library locations to the public. These closures will remain in effect until further notice, in order to mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The City's decision to suspend public programs and services was made with consideration and concern for the safety, health, and well-being of library customers, library staff, and our communities. During this closure, we will do our best to lessen any negative impacts and loss of access by providing enhanced customer care and virtual services.
Due to the current pandemic and our temporary closure, we are currently not accepting book donations. Thank you for your understanding.
If you're an SJPL Member, here's what you need to know:
- Materials may be returned once the library re-opens
- All checked out library items will have automatic renewals and due dates will automatically be extended for the duration of the closure. Special checkouts such as Lucky Day, LINK+ and Illiad items are included.
- No late fines will be assessed during the closure
- If you have items on hold waiting to be picked up, they will still be waiting for you when the library re-opens
- You can still access materials via our online collection (eLibrary)
- Librarians will be available to provide assistance via Quick Answers or through RefChat.
- Your Questions Answered
If you're not an SJPL Member, but would like to access our eLibrary:
You can apply for a temporary eLibrary Card
The City of San José and the San José Public Library will continue to monitor this unprecedented situation and will keep you informed of future developments. Once again, thank you for your continued support.
Enjoy Your Library from the Comfort of Your Home
- Follow the library on social media @SanJoseLibrary for the latest updates.
- Visit the City of San José’s website for emergency public information notifications and updates on COVID-19.
Take Care of Your Health and Help Protect Others
- Staying home, if you’re not feeling well.
- Washing your hands frequently (use soap and water for at least 20 seconds).
- Maintaining social distance (at least 6 ft. between yourself and others).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Visit the Santa Clara County Public Health Department or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest Coronavirus updates and more recommendations and resources in Chinese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
SJPL will continue to work closely with our City and County offices to monitor developing information. We thank you for your continued support and for helping keep our communities safe and welcoming.
I'm going to out of state (with a clean bill of health) to stay with family until my place of work (a school) is re-opened, and would like to return the books I checked out because I don't want to bring them with me and have no other place to leave them since I'll be vacating my rental apartment. Are the book-drops still accepting returns?
Thank you! May everyone be safe.
Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate your suggestion.
I am a student ,is there a update on how much longer the libraries will be closed? It has been difficult to find a study space..