Back To School with SJPL

Get ready for the 2023-24 school year with SJPL!  Learn more about your library card, in-branch events, volunteer opportunities, and eResources.

Library Cards

We offer a variety of library card types to meet the needs of all community members.

9 out of 11 SJPL library card designs that are reflective of San Jose's diverse community.
Free Full Access Library Cards are available to all California residents.  With this card you can borrow books, movies, music, audiobooks, and devices as well as receive 24/7 instant access to our online resources.

Image of the San José Student Library Card used by most school districts

We have collaborated with San Jose School Districts to support students’ academic goals by providing student library cards. With these cards, students can access electronic resources and check out up to five items with no late fees.

San José educators can now get a special library card that allows for an extended checkout and renewal period and no fines on overdue materials.  This card is available to adults (18+) who work for a preschool or K-12 school (public, charter, private) that is located in the city of San José.

In-Person Events at the Library

Looking for something fun to do after school? Stop by one of our branches to try out our in-person events!

  • Academic Support
    Each branch offers a variety of options for academic support throughout the school year. Click the link above to see when branches offer homework help, reading support, math tutoring, and more!
  • Clubs
    There are tons of cool programs at your library!  Click above to see art clubs, STEAM clubs, chess clubs, and even a Pokémon Club!
  • Coding
    We offer coding programs for all ages both virtually and in-person!


Family cleaning toys during volunteer event.

Do you need service hours before you graduate?  Are you looking to provide valuable service to the community?  Come and volunteer at your local library!  Opportunities include: Coding5K Program Leader, Friends of the Library, Homework Club Coach, Teen Book Reviewer, Teens Reach, and SJ Engage for Teens.


Prefer to access materials at home?  No worries!  We offer a ton of at-home resources for students.  Check out these tutorials for a quick guide to the useful materials for teachers and students: