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SJPL eLibrary Card

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/18/2020 - 1:00 PM
Woman typing in card number for virtual library card on her laptop from home.

You can still get a library card!

While the library is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to ensure our community members that don't have a library card can still sign up for one through SJPL's eLibrary Card.

This eLibrary Card provides access to online learning, electronic checkouts, streaming services, and downloads available through the San José Public Library.

Who Is Eligible to Apply for an eLibrary Card

  • All San José residents

eLibrary Card: How to Apply

  • Upon completion, customers will automatically receive their eLibrary Card number. They will then be prompted to log in to their account and set up a PIN.
  • The eLibrary card is valid during the library closure.
  • When library buildings reopen, you will also be able to convert your eLibrary Card into a Full Access Card by visiting any San José library location and providing proof of residency and a picture ID before your card expires.

How to Check out Physical Items

Do you want to be able to place holds and check out physical materials? Are you an adult San José resident who already signed up for an eLibrary card? You can convert your eLibrary card to a Temporary Card to place holds and check out physical items. Please fill out the Temporary Card form. You will receive your new card number by email within 2–3 business days and a physical card by postal mail within 7–10 business days.

Already have a regular library card? There's no need for an additional card. You can start using your card right away.

Who is eligible

  • All adult San José residents with an eLibrary Card

Temporary Card: How to Apply

If you are an adult San José resident, you can convert your eLibrary card to a Temporary Card. Here's how:

  • Make sure you have already signed up for an eLibrary Card and have your eLibrary Card number ready.
  • Fill out the Temporary Card form.
  • You will receive your new card number by email within 2–3 business days and a physical card by postal mail within 7–10 business days.
  • When library buildings reopen, you will be able to convert your eLibrary Card or Temporary Card into a Full Access Card by visiting any San José library location and providing proof of residency and a picture ID before your card expires.

Which card should I get?

Not sure which card is right for you? Find out more about each on our Library Card Membership page.

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