New Digital Pop-Up Library at the Mineta San José International Airport

San Jose Public Library

For Immediate Release

Elizabeth Castañeda, (408) 458-0662

Keonnis R. Taylor, Mineta San José International Airport (SJC), (408) 392-1199


New Digital Pop-Up Library at the Mineta San José International Airport

San José Public Library Provides SJC Travelers Free eBook Downloads - No Library Card Required

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (July 8, 2021) – Nearly 400 eBook titles are now available for download at Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) using the new Pop-Up Library made possible through a partnership between the San José Public Library (SJPL) and SJC.

“We’re excited to partner with the airport to provide all passengers the opportunity to access free eBooks on the go,” said Jill Bourne, City Librarian. “We believe everyone should have equitable access to reading materials, especially as they prepare for a long flight. It’s a great way to pass time before arriving to their next destination.”

The Pop-Up Library, powered by Axis360, is a small network device that creates instant access to some of the library’s Axis 360 digital collection through a Wi-Fi network. This new service is free to the public and does not require a library card, data plan, or an app to be installed.  Anyone can use this service by connecting to the Pop-Up Library’s Wi-Fi network “SJPL Free eBooks” located near Gate 12 and Gate 24.

“Many people love to read when traveling and bringing the e-Library to the Airport is a great way to help our customers do just that,” John Aitken, Mineta San José International Airport Director. “We appreciate this partnership with the San José Public Library, and we’re pleased to now offer this free, touchless, and convenient way to access to the world through reading as well as through travel.”

Passengers of all ages can download up to four eBooks using their smartphone, tablet, or laptop device and can enjoy them for 3-weeks. The Axis 360 collection provides users the opportunity to check out best-sellers, fiction, non-fiction, children’s and young adult titles. Books are also available in Spanish and English.

Once the books are installed and downloaded, passengers can instantly open them and save them to read offline during their loan period, while flying internationally and just about anywhere they travel to. New titles are added monthly based on the types of titles passengers are searching for.

Since the Pop-Up Library became available at the airport on June 1, more than 300 passengers have accessed the collection and nearly 450 eBooks have been checked out. To learn more about this new service, visit

About the San José Public Library

San José Public Library (SJPL) is located in the heart of Silicon Valley and in the nation’s 10th largest city. SJPL serves a culturally diverse population of more than one million, making it one of the busiest library systems nationwide. It registers an average of over 4-million visits with a checkout rate of nearly 7-million items, annually. Alongside its award-winning staff, recognized for its innovation and leadership, SJPL strives to ensure that our services reflect the city’s rich diversity and every member in our community enjoys their library experience.

About SJC: Transforming How Silicon Valley Travels

Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) is Silicon Valley’s airport, a self‐supporting enterprise owned and operated by the City of San Jose. The airport, now in its 71st year, served nearly 15.7 million passengers in 2019, with nonstop service across North America and to Europe and Asia. For more airport information, visit