Get a Library Card

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Once you apply, bring your valid photo ID to any San Jose library location within 30 days, along with your proof of address, to pick up your card.

How to Get a Library Card

  • Be a California resident.
  • Bring a Photo ID, such as a California Driver’s License, Passport, or Green Card.
  • Bring Proof of your Current Address in California, such as a California Driver's License, paycheck, or piece of mail postmarked within 30 days.
  • If you can show a photo ID but not proof of your current address, you can get what we call a "Limited Status" Library Card which allows you to borrow 1 item at a time.
  • For Children and Teens Under 18: Your parent or legal guardian must accompany you to the library, provide identification, and agree to the borrowing rules.

What Your Library Card Gets You

Your Library Card gets you all kinds of access to the library's materials, online content, and computing services.

How to Access Your Account Online

  1. To login, select the Log In link at the top of our website
  2. Enter your name, Library Card number (see back of card) and PIN.

Library PINs

Your default PIN (Personal Identification Number) is set as the last 4 digits of your phone number, unless you've chosen otherwise.

  • Changing the PIN Yourself: If you know your current Library PIN, you may change it anytime by logging in to your Library Account and selecting Modify your PIN.
  • If You Forget Your PIN: You can Reset Your PIN automatically. An email will be sent to the email address in your library record, including a link that will allow you to select a new PIN.

Need Help?

For questions about your library account, contact Library Access Services at 1-408-808-2000 during regular hours or email us.

Information about library accounts for SJSU users

Lost Library Card?

If your Library Card is lost or stolen, please contact the Library immediately. You are responsible for all charges from items borrowed on your Card before the Library is notified of your Card's loss, so you'll want to tell us as soon as possible. 

Renew Your Library Card

Library Cards expire every few years. When your library card expires, please bring a photo ID and proof of address to your branch for card renewal.