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eLibrary Card

An eLibrary Card gets you 24/7 instant access to our online resources. This is a digital library card, so you won't get a physical card.

  • It's free to apply and access library services.
  • Available to all California residents
  • This card is valid during our temporary closure due to the pandemic.

Free Full Access Library Card

  • Receive 24/7 instant access to the Library's online resources.
  • Borrow books, movies, music, audiobooks, and more.
  • Borrow SJ Access mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, laptops, and other tech devices.
  • Use the Library's computers and printers.
  • San Jose residents (ages 18+) can apply to earn a high school diploma online for free.
  • Available to all California residents.
  • This card is valid for 4 years.

Limited Status Library Cards

  • Can't show proof of your current address? You can get a Limited Status Card.
  • This card allows you to borrow 1 physical item at a time. You can also use online learning and streaming services, collections, and more.
  • To get this card, follow the Full Access Card instructions:
  • Then, talk with a staff member when you arrive to pick up your card.

Replacement Library Cards

Replacement cards are available at any library location. Do you need to access your lost/stolen card but can't go to the library? Connect with a staff member to get your library card number and reset your PIN (personal identification number).

We're Here to Help

Contact us 7-days a week through SJPL's chat service or call 408-808-2000, Monday – Saturday from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

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Learn about checkout periods, renewals, holds, fines and fees, tech access, and more.

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Find answers to common membership and benefit questions.

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