Extra! Extra! The Mercury News Now has Home Access

"A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself." - Arthur Miller

Read for Free with Your Library Card

The San José Public Library (SJPL) is pleased to announce that you can now access the San José Mercury News from your home or other remote locations with your library card. This new service allows you to read the daily online edition of the newspaper including articles, images, opinion pages, and advertisements from from any device in any location that has internet access. You can also search for specific articles and topics of interest from current and previous issues.

How to Access

  • Use SJPL's subscription link, and then enter your library card number and PIN.
  • You will be taken to a landing page and have two options for access:
    • Anonymous Access: Works for 24 hours. After that time, you will need to use SJPL's subscription link again for another 24 hours of access.
    • User Access: Works for 72 hours. For this option, you would log in using Google, Apple, Facebook or e-mail to gain 72-hour authenticated access. At the end of 72 hours, you would use SJPL's subscription link, again, to start a new access period.
  • You should be aware of the MediaNews Group Privacy Policy if you choose to share your e-mail or other information for 72-hour access.


If you have any questions about this or any of our other eResources, feel free to contact us. We are happy to answer any questions you have! You can also find help, tips, and links to other resources on our Online Resources pages — available 24/7.

This blog was written by Dana Lema.