Express Pickup

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Express Pickup

SJPL Express Pickup offers you an easy, contactless, and convenient way to access our physical collection, while the interior of the library remains closed.

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Temporary Changes to Express Pickup

SJPL's Express Pickup hours of operation have been temporarily reduced to Tuesday–Saturday from 2:00–6:00 PM. This new change is in response to Santa Clara County's move back to Purple Tier and the Regional Stay at Home Order.

As a result of the temporary hours modification, the holds and bundles procedures have changed:

  • Holds: Library holds have been reduced from a maximum of 30 to 10 requests.
  • Bundles: Bundles only include non-requestable items and are limited to 2 bundles per customer.

For questions about these changes, please connect with a library staff member available 7 days a week through SJPL's chat service.

How Does Express Pickup Work?

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Reserve (hold) your items online or call a participating location*

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Wait to be notified by email or phone once your items are ready for pickup

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Book an appointment to pick up your items


Book an Appointment

Book an appointment online to pick up your items after you have been notified that they are ready. Appointments are required at West Valley and Vineland branches and are optional at other branches.

* Already have an item on hold at an Express Pickup location, and you've been notified it's ready? Begin at Step 3.



Pickup Locations, Hours, & Contact

Tuesday – Saturday
2:00 – 6:00 PM

When you arrive at one of the following locations, you can text "PICKUP" to 408-610-1296, or you can call:

What do I do when I arrive at my pickup location?

  • Have your library card number ready.
  • If driving, park in the designated "Express Pickup" area.
  • Call or text to let staff know when you arrive.
  • Wait in the designated area for staff to bring out your items and place them on the Express Pickup table.

Need special assistance or have a special request? Please notify staff prior to your pickup or appointment.

What else do I need to know?

  • Face coverings required for anyone (ages 6+) waiting in line to pickup items.
  • Please do not leave any items on the Express Pickup table.
  • There is a maximum of 10 hold requests on physical items for Temporary Cardholders and Full Access Cardholders.
  • Use the book drop to return your items 24/7.
  • For your safety, all returned items are placed in quarantine. It may take up to 4 days for items to clear your account.
  • Please do not use disinfecting wipes on items.
  • You may experience longer wait times for held items to arrive.
  • We are currently not accepting book donations.

Express Pickup - FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Express Pickup.

Express Pickup Appointments

We now offer Express Pickup by appointment. Walkup service with no appointment needed is still available at most branches..

Express Pickup Bundle Request Form

Bundles of non-requestable books are available for Express Pickup. Limit two.

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