To be eligible for a free, full access Santa Clara County Library District card, you must reside or own property in the unincorporated area of Santa Clara County or in one of the following nine cities:
Residence in the Library District will be determined by the Tax Rate Area listing for your property on the Santa Clara County Assessor's Office website.
The Tax Rate Area listing must include "Area No. 01 (Library Services) [County Service], this property is part of the Santa Clara County Library District.
Your postal mailing address is not a reliable indicator of your residence in the Tax Rate Area. For additional questions about your property or the Assessor's website, please call the Assessor's Office at (408) 299-5500.
Non-residents of the Library District may apply for a card for a non-refundable annual fee of $80, valid for one year from the date of purchase.
This card allows full access to all services. This includes:
FAQs about the Non-Resident fee
Students in grades preschool through 12, who attend school in which the school district overlaps with Santa Clara County Library District city boundaries are eligible for a free, limited access Student Card, valid for one year from the date of issuance or renewal. Applicants must show proof of student status with school affiliation or live in an eligible public school district.
This card allows:
List of Eligible Public Schools
List of Eligible Private Schools (In progress, updated 7/02/14)
Teachers and school librarians or administrators who work at eligible public or eligible private schools in the Santa Clara County Library District may apply for a card for the purpose of demonstrating Library databases to students. Cards are valid for one year and only allow use of Library databases. Some databases are available only from within one of our libraries. To apply for a card, please contact a supervising librarian or circulation supervisor at one of our libraries.