Benefits of Joining

Discover, Explore, and Learn at Your Library


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Something For Everyone


  • Check out the latest bestsellers, movies, games, CDs, audiobooks, and our growing collection of downloadable eBooks for all ages.
  • Select from over 1.8 million items available in over 30 languages.
  • Place requests for titles online and have them delivered to your library.
  • Sign up for NextReads and have reading suggestions emailed to you.
  • Share reviews online with other readers.

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Check our online calendar for information about:

  • book discussion groups
  • lectures
  • author appearances
  • classes
  • travel programs
  • children's programs
  • and more!


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The Library's award-winning bookmobile visits retirement centers, convalescent hospitals, and neighborhood stops throughout Santa Clara County. View the Bookmobile's schedule here.

Meeting Rooms

Most libraries have meeting rooms of various sizes available to community groups.

Get a Card

  • Residents of the Santa Clara County Library District may apply for a library card account at no charge.
  • Non-residents of the Library District may apply for a card for a non-refundable annual fee.
  • Students in preschool through grade 12, who are enrolled in a school district that overlaps with the boundaries of the any of the nine cities in the Santa Clara County Library District, are eligible for a free Student Card.

Find out more about getting a card here.


Most items may be renewed twice if no one else is waiting. Renew at the library, by phone, or online. View our full borrowing policy here.


The Santa Clara County Library District protects the privacy of each library patron consistent with the law. View our privacy policy here.

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Get Ready to Read

  • Attend storytimes for infants to school-age children.
  • Ask for our reading lists for every age and grade level.
  • Practice reading skills with online read-along programs, such as TumbleBooks and BookFlix.
  • Each library has a teen space, teen collection, and special programs and services, including booklists and college resources.

Education 24/7 at the Library

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The Library plays a vital role in life and school success, offering online tutors, research databases, instruction on using the library, and individual reference help.

The Reading Program

Tutor an adult who wants to learn to read by volunteering with the Library's literacy program.