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Middle School / High School Library Card

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San Jose Public Library (SJPL) cards are available free of charge. SJPL cards are available to Middle/Junior High School and High School students. Paper Registration Form must be completed for the Teen cards.

Getting a SJPL Teen Library Card

Applications requested by school or teachers

  • Applications must be requested, completed, and returned to library staff for processing prior to class visit.
  • The school/teacher will verify all student information.
  • A parent/guardian signature is not required.
  • All complete applications will be retained for 3 months by SJPL.

Application completed by teen

  • Parent/guardian signature is not required for Teen Card.
  • Photo ID is required. (Student ID).

Fines and Loan Rules Guidelines

  • Privilege limit is 12 months, but can be extended another year if under 18. 
  • You may borrow 1 SJPL item and have access to Library’s eResources.
  • All fines and loan rules apply to the Teen Card.
  • Library cards are not transferable and can only be used by the individual registered for that card.
  • Lost or stolen cards must be reported to SJPL as soon as possible to avoid being held responsible for items checked out on the card.

Converting to Full Card Privileges

A Teen Card can be converted to a full privilege library borrowing card when the parent/guardian signs the agreement. Parent/guardian will assume full responsibility for the materials and any fines charged to the card.