Become a Member: Get a Library Card

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Apply for Your Library Card

  • STEP 1: Complete an eLibrary card application.
  • STEP 2: Set up your PIN.
  • STEP 3: To be able to check out physical items, make an appointment to convert your eLibrary card to a Full Access card.
  • STEP 4: Call or text when you arrive for your appointment. Bring your picture ID and proof of address.

eLibrary Cards Give Instant Access to:

Why Convert to a Full Access Card?

With your Full Access card, you can check out physical items for free. Examples:

Here's what you need to get your Full Access card:

  • Residency: Show proof of your current address in California. Examples:
    • California Driver's License
    • Paycheck
    • Piece of mail postmarked within 30 days
  • Show a valid Photo ID: Examples:
    • California Driver's License
    • Passport
    • Permanent Resident ID
    • Employee ID Card
    • Borrower's Agreement: Agree to our Borrower's Agreement.

    Can't show proof of your current address?

    You can get a Limited Status card. This card allows you to borrow 1 item at a time.

    How to Borrow During our Temporary Closure

    • Use our Express Pickup service to borrow the items you need.
    • Place a hold through the library catalog. You will receive an email notice when your items are ready for pickup.
    • See our Borrow & Return page to find out more about using your card.

    Temporary Cards

    Do you still have a converted/temporary card? Bring your picture ID and proof of address next time you pick up items. We will change your card to a Full Access card.

    Replacement Cards

    We are not providing replacement cards at this time. You can keep using your Full Access card number while our buildings are closed. If you don't know your card number, please contact us:

    • Connect with a staff member through chat, available 7 days a week.
    • Call 408-808-2000, Monday – Saturday from 11 AM – 6 PM.

    School Membership Cards

    Are you a student or educator? We have special, free library cards for you.

    Student Library Card.

    Student Card

    • Who's Eligible? See Participating Schools.
    • Card Type: Depends on the Participating School.
    • What Can I Check Out? Everything that an eLibrary card gets you plus physical items.
    • Item Checkout Limit: 5 physical items. Electronic items vary based on vendor.
    • Item Holds Limit: 5 physical items. Electronic items vary based on vendor.
    • Expiration: When the student graduates or leaves the district.
    • Available: Anytime, including through the summer.

    Participating Schools

    Educator Card.

    Educator Card

    • Who's Eligible? Adults (18+) who work for a preschool or K-12 school.
    • Card Type: Custom physical card design for educators with number and PIN.
    • What Can I Check Out? Most materials are available to check out on an Educator Card.
    • Item Checkout Limit: 100 physical items, including up to 30 DVDs.
    • Item Holds Limit: 30 physical items:
    • Expiration: June 30th each year.
    • Available: Anytime.

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    Borrow & Return

    Learn how to use your library card. Get information on checkout periods, renewals, holds, fines and fees, and more.

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