Computers, Printing, and Copying

Two rows of computers in Tech Center at Joyce Ellington Branch.

Currently Unavailable

Due to the closure, all of the following services are unavailable:

  • Computer access
  • In-library device checkout
  • Printing
  • Copying
  • Scanning
  • Shredding

When libraries reopen, you will be able to use all library computers for free, and you will be able to pay to print and copy.


Library computers offer free Internet access, Microsoft Word, Excel, and other software.

Reserve a Computer

Reserve a computer online at the King Library or any of the branch libraries using your library card number and PIN:

  • Log in to any library computer if the screen shows that it is available.
  • Reserve a computer online up to 4 business days in advance.

Users, Rules, & Policies

Most library buildings have designated computer areas for:

  • Teens only
  • Children only
  • Technology Center and Internet Cafe equipped with computers for everyone

Please read the library's Computer Workstation Rules and the Technology and Internet Policy before using library computers.

Devices for Check Out

Library customers may check out a Tablet or Laptop to use in the library only for up to 2 hours at select locations. These devices have access to the internet, Microsoft Office Suite and may be connected to a wireless printer. Device check out is subject to availability on a first-come, first-served basis. To check out a device, a customer must submit their own current San José Library card that is in good standing and must sign the User Agreement. Our devices are protected by Deep Freeze. When the laptops are rebooted the laptop's hard-drive is returned to it's original state.

Locations with devices are: SJPL Works at King Library and Educational Park Branch Library. Contact the location for more information.


Available at all library locations.


  • Black & white printing cost: 15¢ per page, up to a $5.00 maximum (or 33 pages) per print job.
  • Color printing cost: 65¢ per page.
  • Accepted payment: $1, $5, and $10 bills and nickels, dimes, and quarters.


  • Black & white printing cost: 19¢ per page.
  • Color printing cost: 50¢ per page.
  • Accepted payment: Gold Points and credit cards.
  • Assistance: Ask at any King Library service desk for information or help.
  • Print jobs can be sent from a variety of sources including Cloud storage, email, USB devices, and mobile devices. More details...


You can make photocopies at any library location:

  • Cost at branches: 15¢ per black & white copy.
  • Cost at King Library: 20¢ per black & white copy; 65¢ per color copy.


Alum Rock Branch, Educational Park Branch and King Library (3rd & 4th Floor) have scanners available to you to use for free.


Safely dispose of your personal documents using our shredders. Up to 18 pages per visit. Available at all branch libraries.