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 for the book replacement program?

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

Learn more about the Book Replacement Program.


Q. How does the Book Replacement Program work?

Learn more about the Book Replacement Program.


Q. What materials are not included in the Book Replacement 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

Learn more about the Book Replacement Program.


Q. Why do we have the Book Replacement Program?

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

Learn more about the Book Replacement Program.


Q. How can I clear my past fines?

Volunteer Away Your Fines events have been paused, but you can volunteer virtually. Learn how children and teens under 18 can participate in Read Away Your Fines. Another option is to replace a lost book with a new one through our Book Replacement Program.