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All library buildings remain closed. Visit an outdoor Express Pickup location when your holds are ready - appointments are available but not required.

Become a Member: Get a Library Card

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Top Reasons to Become an SJPL Member

  1. It's FREE to be a member.
  2. Get 24/7 access to Online Resources.
  3. Express Pickup is available at select locations.

Membership Options

 

eLibrary Card

  • Who's Eligible? Available to any San José resident.
  • Card Type: Virtual card number and PIN.
  • What Can I Check Out? Online learning, eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMovies & eMusic.
  • Item Checkout Limit: Varies based on vendor.
  • Item Holds Limit: Varies based on vendor.
  • Expiration: Valid until locations fully reopen.

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Temporary Card

  • Who's Eligible? Available to adults with eLibrary Cards.
  • Card Type: Your choice of physical card design with number and PIN.
  • What Can I Check Out? Everything that an eLibrary card gets you plus physical items.
  • Item Checkout Limit: 20 physical items. Electronic items vary based on vendor.
  • Item Holds Limit: 10 physical items. Electronic items vary based on vendor.
  • Expiration: Valid for one (1) year.

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Full Access Card

  • Who's Eligible? Not available to new members at this time.
  • Card Type: Your choice of physical card design with number and PIN.
  • What Can I Check Out? Everything a Temporary Card gets you and more.
  • Item Checkout Limit: 100 physical items. 10 physical videos. Electronic items vary based on vendor.
  • Item Holds Limit: 30 physical items. Electronic items vary based on vendor.
  • Expiration: Valid for four (4) years, and then must be renewed.

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Help with Your Library Card Membership

Choose Your Library Card Design

Select from designs by local artists, sports team logos, and more.

How to Use Your Card

Information about checkouts, renewals, and accounts.

Temporary Card

After getting an eLibrary Card number, adult San José residents can use this form to convert their eLibrary Card to a Temporary Card.

Get Help with Your Account

Contact information to chat, email, or call us.

Get Membership Updates

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Middle School / High School Library Card

Teens can get a SJPL library card and borrow one item at a time without a parent or guardian signature.