San José Public Library Temporary Closure
Updated Friday, October 9, 2020
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.
Though our library locations remain temporarily closed, SJPL members can now request items from our physical collection using our new and contactless service, SJPL Express Pickup.
This new service is available Monday-Saturday from 1-6 p.m. at all library locations except Mount Pleasant Branch.
We appreciate your patience and support.
If you're an SJPL Member, here's what you need to know as of June 11, 2020:
- You can now return library materials any of our locations.
- We are currently not accepting book donations.
- All checked out library items due before June 30 had their due dates paused. Items due after June 30 did not have their due dates paused. If those items still have automatic renewals available, then those will occur before the final due date. You can review the status of your checked out items via your online account. If you have more questions about returning your items, please call 408-808-2000. Special checkouts such as Lucky Day, LINK+ and Illiad items are included.
- No late fines will be assessed during the closure.
- You can still access materials via our online collection (eLibrary)
- eLibrary cards are available for San Jose residents who need a library card to access eBooks, eMedia, and online learning services
- San Jose residents can convert their eLibrary card to a Temporary Card in order to place holds and check out physical materials.
- Library staff will be available to provide assistance via Quick Answers or through RefChat 7-days a week in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese.
- 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
- Follow us on social media @SanJoseLibrary
- Sign up for our eNewsletter
- 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..