SCCLD will be performing a systems software upgrade. Limited access to some functionality will occur between Sunday evening, May 31, 2015 to Thursday morning, June 4, 2015.

All Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) locations will be closed on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Read More


Types of Cards

Non-district Resident
Non-district Resident Student
Database Use Only


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:

  • Campbell
  • Cupertino
  • Gilroy
  • Los Altos
  • Los Altos Hills
  • Milpitas
  • Monte Sereno
  • Morgan Hill
  • Saratoga

How do I know if I'm a resident?

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-District Resident:

Non-residents of the Library District may apply for a card for a pro-rated amount between now and July 2015.

In July 2011, the Santa Clara County Library District's governing body adopted an $80 non-district resident library card fee. In October 2014, the governing body decided to eliminate the card fee effective July 1, 2015. For more information, please see the Fines and Fees Changes FAQs.

This card allows full access to all services. This includes:

  • Borrowing up to 100 items at a time
  • Requesting up to 12 items at a time
  • Accessing computer services & online resources
  • Accessing the Discover & Go museum pass program

Non-District Resident Student:

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:

  • Borrowing of up to 5 items at a time
  • Requesting up to 2 items at a time
  • Accessing computer services inside the Library
  • Accessing research databases and online tutors

List of Eligible Public Schools 
List of Eligible Private Schools (In progress, updated 7/02/14)

Database Use Only:

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.

3-2-1 Library Card:

People who are living/staying in the Library District that self-identify as homeless or have no permanent residence address may apply for a free, 3-2-1 card if they provide proof of identification and show evidence of an HMIS card or Santa Clara County Continuum of Care card.   The 3-2-1 card allows check-out of 3 items, 2 holds (no ILL), use of full-service computers inside the Library, and remote access to online resources.