Book Replacement Program

Stack of old books next to a stack of new ones.

Replace a lost book with a new one.

San José Public Library (SJPL) now offers an ongoing Book Replacement Program. We will accept a new book from our book replacement list (PDF) as payment for a lost book.

You can bring a new and unused book from that list to any of our locations.

Book Replacement List (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who is eligible?

All SJPL cardholders can bring a new book to replace a lost book.


Q. How does it work?


Q. What materials are not included in this program?

These are that materials that are not eligible:

  • Media (DVDs, CDs, Audio Books, Kits, etc.)
  • LINK+ materials
  • ILLiad (interlibrary loan) materials
  • San José State University materials

Q. Why are we doing this?

We want to help cardholders regain access to the library. It's part of our effort to reduce barriers to information and services.


Q. How can I clear my past fines?

Volunteer Away Your Fines events will return Fall 2021. Learn how children and teens under 18 can participate in Read Away Your Fines when it becomes available again.