Free Solar Eclipse Glasses

Phases of a solar eclipse on a black background.

Giveaways: April 6–7, 2024

Safely catch a glimpse of the partial solar eclipse over San Jose with a free pair of viewing glasses! San José Public Library will give away a limited number of eclipse viewing glasses during the weekend before eclipse.

On April 8, 2024, starting at 11:07 AM, a solar eclipse will pass through North America. Although San Jose isn't in the direct path to view this eclipse in totality, you'll still enjoy about 35% of the eclipse's breathtaking spectacle—provided you have the right protection for your eyes.

How to Get Your Eclipse Viewing Glasses

  • When? Pick up your free glasses on Saturday, April 6, or Sunday, April 7, 2024—just in time for the eclipse.
  • Where? Available at all SJPL branches during our regular library operating hours.
  • Where? Available at all SJPL branches.
  • Availability? First come, first served—no reservations or appointments needed. Limit is one pair per person to ensure broad community access.
  • Safety & Celebration: We’re providing these glasses to help everyone view the eclipse safely, celebrating this celestial event as a community.

For more details on the eclipse and how to safely enjoy it, visit NASA’s website.

More Ways to Celebrate

We have a couple of solar eclipse events to share with you, and you can also celebrate by learning more about solar eclipses with our eResources and select book titles.



Solar Eclipse Books

Magical and Unusual Solar Eclipse

What Is A Solar Eclipse?

Casting Shadows

A Few Beautiful Minutes


Eclipse Chaser



American Eclipse

In the Shadow of the Moon