Wi-Fi Hotspots for San José Students

Wi-Fi Hotspots for San José Students

Important Update

San José Public Library (SJPL) will no longer offer Wi-Fi (wifi) hotspots with a web filter to San José students for the school year.

Here's what you need to know about this change:

Student Hotspot Return

If you borrowed a Student Hotspot with a checkout date extended to June 30th, 2023, please return it to your local SJPL location soon. Be sure you hand the hotspot directly to staff. Do not place it in the book return or drop box.

Get Help Accessing the Internet

The following community-based organizations can help you identify affordable Internet connection that works for you and your family at home.

Community-Based Organizations
Organization Contact Focus Area
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County 408-468-0100
2625 Zanker Rd, Suite 201, San Jose, CA 95134 Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County serves and advocates for individuals and families in need, especially those living in poverty.
International Children Assistance Network (ICAN) 408-509-8788
2072 Lucretia Avenue, San Jose, CA 95122
ICAN’s mission is to engage, inform and inspire Vietnamese Americans to raise the next generation of leaders.
International Rescue Committee, Inc. (IRC) 408-277-0255
1210 South Bascom Ave. Suite 227 San Jose, CA95128
The International Rescue Committee provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America.
Step Up and Do Something! Inc. 408-772-8679
1314 Gainsville Avenue San Jose, CA 95122
StepUp! provide services to help people find solutions and resolutions to problems in at risk communities.
Sacred Heart Community Service 408-278-2160
1381 South First Street San Jose, CA 95110
Sacred Heart’s mission is to build a community free from poverty by creating hope, opportunity, and action.
Tech Exchange 510-866-2260
2530 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94601
Tech Exhange’s mission is to ensure that all families have a computer, internet access, and the technology skills necessary to improve and enhance their lives
Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation Inc (VIVO) 408-532-7755
2072 Lucretia Ave, San Jose, CA 95122
VIVO’s mission is to empower refugees and immigrants, low-income ethnic families to become productive participating citizens, by providing comprehensive Community Social and Cultural Services.

Hotspots for Members

If you prefer to borrow a Wi-Fi (wifi) hotspot from the Library, you can place a hold request via our hotspots for library members. If you need assistance, don't hesitate to contact us or speak with a staff member at any of our locations. Please note that the waitlist is currently long due to high demand, resulting in longer-than-normal wait times. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

Program History and Overview

The San José Public Library (SJPL) and the City of San José partner to provide FREE access to the Internet by distributing 12,800 Wi-Fi (wifi) hotspots in the academic school year 2020-2021.

For the 2022–2023 academic school year, SJPL transitioned to a direct checkout program where students could request a filtered hotspot from their local San José Public Library Branch. This checkout program will not be available for the 2023–2024 school year.

More Ways to Get Online

In-Library Wi-Fi

Access free Wi-Fi (wifi) at all SJPL locations. Select locations extend Wi-Fi out into the parking lots.

Community Wi-Fi

Free Community Wi-Fi (wifi) is available in select East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD) attendance areas.

San José Downtown Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi is available for residents and visitors in Downtown San José.
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