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: Due to our temporary closures, we are currently not accepting book donations at any location.

Keeping You Informed

Keeping You Informed: A message from your San Jose Public Library

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

Stay Informed

  • 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.

    Stay Healthy!

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    Submitted by Sandra on Mon, 03/09/2020 - 2:56 PM

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    Curious if the school has asked students to try and not frequent the libraries unless absolutely necessary?

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    Hi - You would need to check with your child's school on their communications to students. Library staff is being proactive in maintaining a clean and safe environment by frequently wiping down touch points and providing anti-bacterial hand sanitizers for the public to use, as well as implementing social distancing recommendations for programs and certain areas in the branch.

    Submitted by Thuy on Tue, 03/10/2020 - 10:05 AM

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    I agree with staying out of the library for students if their school has a problem. If you have to home school, you don't live at the library or Starbucks. Home school is at your house.

    Submitted by Shannon on Thu, 03/12/2020 - 11:24 AM

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    Will you be sanitizing or at least wiping down books as they are returned? A new study shows that the virus can live on plastic for up to 3 days. I worry about borrowing books and bringing them home to my small children.

    Submitted by Green Dog on Thu, 03/12/2020 - 4:56 PM

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    Will the library close for a bit? If it does how long?

    Submitted by Irma Zendejas on Thu, 03/12/2020 - 6:17 PM

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    Are the operating library hours still going to be the same and not changing?

    Submitted by Leela on Fri, 03/13/2020 - 7:23 AM

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    Would SJPL consider closing it's branches to the public to do a through deep cleaning of everything? (books/materials, computers, shelves, all staff and patron areas). I mean cleaning throughout the day is okay but there's a lot of homeless people and kids at my branch that could be spreading the virus. Not a good situation for the public or for the people that work at the library. Only solution might be closing to the public for a week or two...not a great solution but it might be better than everybody getting sick.

    Submitted by Sara on Mon, 03/16/2020 - 1:42 PM

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    Will the library be extending due dates now that the shelter in place order is imminent?b

    Submitted by Barbara Weiss on Mon, 03/16/2020 - 2:26 PM

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    Are the restrooms being cleaned regularly and wiped down with clorox wipes as well as the door handles, desks, computers, etc.?

    Submitted by Ajit on Mon, 03/16/2020 - 9:18 PM

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    Dear Sir/Madam, I am caring for my mother, a senior who has medical conditions and is in the high-risk category. We have been advised to stay at home. I will not be able to return her books on time. Please advise on the next steps to avoid mounting late fees. Thank you.

    Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/17/2020 - 8:52 AM

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    Thanks for helping your community.

    Submitted by Tam on Tue, 03/17/2020 - 8:08 PM

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    Hello,

    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.

    Your Comment
    Yes, bookdrops are open so materials can be returned. However, we're encouraging people not to worry about returning their items while the library is closed. Items that are currently checked out will not accrue any late fines.

    Submitted by Andrew on Tue, 03/17/2020 - 9:11 PM

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    I have a book I ordered and my account tells me I have to pick it up by March 24th. Will holds due dates be extended as well?

    Submitted by Kristi on Mon, 03/23/2020 - 7:11 PM

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    We checked out 118 books the weekend before the closure, 1 week in, we are 75 books in. Reading is a huge part of our days while at home during the shelter in place. Wondering if SJPL would consider opening for a few hours once every 2 weeks for exchange of books. And implement something (like Trader Joe’s), adults only, computers off, limiting the number of people, forcing hand sanitizer before entering, wiping down checkout machines between each use.

    Submitted by Jennifer on Thu, 03/26/2020 - 6:29 PM

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    Hello,

    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..

    Submitted by Victor B on Sat, 04/04/2020 - 8:38 AM

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    Liberties are fountains of information. They are great places for students and people in general to get their homework and researching done. Why they don’t consider reopening the libraries with limitations like allowing only certain amount of people at a time and limit the amount of time they can stay. Having hand sanitizer and wipes at the entrance. Keep cleaning and wiping tables and chairs as well as equipment. What do you think?

    Submitted by KB on Mon, 04/20/2020 - 9:25 AM

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    Hi, I returned a couple of books to the Pearl branch yesterday. I saw they were reflected, however, one is still showing on my account as being checked out. What can I do in this case w/ the branches closed?

    Submitted by Jonathan H Carrillo on Tue, 04/21/2020 - 7:46 PM

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    When will the libraries reopen for business?

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    Libraries will remain closed until the State of California and County of Santa Clara shelter-in-place orders are lifted and City of San Jose determines it is safe to reopen.

    Submitted by Kristi on Sun, 05/03/2020 - 8:40 PM

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    The library has been closed for almost 7 weeks, with no relief in sight. We only do an hour of screen time daily, but it is increasingly difficult as the days go on and doesn’t help we have no new reading materials. Can pickups be available. I don’t even care the books - I just want to read my kids some new content. Can we find a way to checkout books online and drive up pick them up at our local library at an arranged time?

    Your Comment
    Thank you for your comment. We appreciate your support of the library and look forward to being able to resume services. At this time, the library buildings remain closed until further notice. During the closure, you’re welcome to enjoy the eBooks & eAudiobooks, online educational resources, and virtual programs available from your library.

    Submitted by Imari on Mon, 05/04/2020 - 7:16 AM

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    Is the Library open again?

    Your Comment
    Thank you for your comment. We appreciate your support of the library and look forward to being able to resume services. At this time, the library buildings remain closed until further notice. During the closure, you’re welcome to enjoy the eBooks & eAudiobooks, online educational resources, and virtual programs available from your library.

    Submitted by Monica Fernandez on Thu, 05/07/2020 - 2:17 AM

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    Hello when do we go back again to PAR because i love to study read and write stories

    Your Comment
    Thank you for your comment. We appreciate your support of the library and look forward to being able to resume services. At this time, the library buildings remain closed until further notice. During the closure, you’re welcome to enjoy the eBooks & eAudiobooks, online educational resources, and virtual programs available from your library.

    Submitted by Esteban on Thu, 05/14/2020 - 11:48 PM

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    Just wondering if the WiFi is still active?

    Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/15/2020 - 3:51 PM

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    The wifi is available outside of the building; however, we are not regularly monitoring its quality like we would if the buildings were open.

    Submitted by Nancy F. on Thu, 05/28/2020 - 11:12 AM

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    Will the physical library open in June 2020?

    Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/28/2020 - 1:31 PM

    In reply to by Nancy F.

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    Thank you for your comment. We appreciate your support of the library and look forward to being able to resume services. At this time, the library buildings remain closed until further notice. The library is planning for gradual reopening when it is safe to do so. During the closure, you’re welcome to enjoy the eBooks & eAudiobooks, online educational resources, and virtual programs available from your library.

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