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.

Member Options

General 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.
  • Available: During closure.

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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, including hotspot devices. LINK+ items are not included.
  • 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.
  • Available: During closure.

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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, including LINK+ items.
  • Item Checkout Limit: 100 physical items. 10 physical videos. Electronic items vary based on vendor.
  • Item Holds Limit: 10 physical items. Electronic items vary based on vendor.
  • Expiration: Valid for four (4) years, and then must be renewed.
  • Available: When libraries reopen.

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School Membership Options

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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Help with Your Library Card Membership

Choose Your Library Card Design

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

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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