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Book Replacement Program

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

This program is currently unavailable.

The San José Public Library (SJPL) now offers an ongoing Book Replacement Program. The library will accept a new book, as described below, as payment for a lost book. Customers can bring a new and unused book from an approved list to any of the 23 branch locations and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.

Suggested Authors and Titles

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we doing this?
The Book Replacement Program is intended to help cardholders regain access to the library. The program is part of our continuous effort to reduce barriers to information and services.

Who is eligible?
All SJPL cardholders are eligible to bring a new book to replace a lost book.

How does it work?
Customers can bring in a new and unused book. Choose a current New York Times bestseller or a book from the library’s list of suggested authors and titles for kids and teens, below. Bring the book to the Information Desk to replace the lost book. The new book is treated as payment for the lost book and fees will be cleared.

What materials are not included in this program?
Materials not eligible are:

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

How can I clear my past fines?
Learn how to Volunteer Away Your Fines. Learn how children and teens under 18 can participate in Read Away Your Fines.