The RBdigital audiobook collection was migrated to the OverDrive platform on September 16.  Please click here if you were an RBdigital audiobook user.

Curbside Services are available, 1-5 p.m. or 3-7 p.m. (see your library's schedule).  Allow 1 week for returned items to be removed from account. No late fines. (Read More)

All SCCLD Libraries remain closed. Virtual programs and library support (Ask Us) are available Mon-Sat (excluding holidays). Some services listed in our website are currently unavailable.  View our list of currently available services

Free Library Card

Card Application Options

Full-Membership Library Card

  • Call the Account Questions line to apply for a limited card over the phone. (408) 540-3945 Available Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 6:00pm (excluding holidays).
  • Limited cards can be used to place holds on and check out 3 items. When you arrive at the library to pick up your holds, you will receive your physical card.
  • You will need to present a valid form of identification showing your picture, name, and proof of your current address (proof of a U.S. mailing address) when you pick up your card to convert it to a full-use card. (see: Acceptable Forms of Proof of Address and Acceptable Forms of Photo ID).
  • A full-use card can be used to place up to 12 holds.
  • See below for more information about card types.

Library eCard

  • Apply for a Library eCard from home.  Santa Clara County residents gain an eCard instantly.
  • Fill out the online eCard Application now, if you are not inside a library.
  • Optionally, convert your Library eCard to a Limited Library Card by calling the Account Questions line.  When you visit the library to pick up holds, you may show ID and address proof to convert the Limited Library Card to a Full-Membership Library Card.
  • An eCard gives you instant, full, free access to the Library's Online Library services, including eBooks, streaming movies, and more.
  • See below for more information about card types.

Card Types

Full-Membership Library Card: Full Access

A Library Card is free and lets you borrow books, movies, music, magazines and more from Santa Clara County Library District libraries. The card also provides you with free access to the Online Library, available 24/7 through the library’s website, which includes eBooks, audiobooks, downloadable movies, music, magazines, newspapers, international content, online learning, research and more.  Cards are available to all ages.

  • Borrow up to 100 items at a time
    • Borrow up to 10 console games at a time
    • Borrow up to 30 DVDs/Blu-rays at a time
  • Request up to 12 items at a time
  • Access computer services & online resources

Library eCard

The Library eCard gives you access to our entire Online Library, available 24/7, including eBooks, audiobooks, downloadable movies, music, magazines, newspapers, international content, online learning, research and more. Completing the eCard application form now will provide you with free, instant access to a vast digital collection.  eCards are available to all ages.

Library eCards are available to those residing in the Santa Clara County with a valid mailing address.  If you do not reside in the County but do have a United States mailing address, a Full-Membership Library Card can be provided to you, free, during your next library visit.

Comparison Chart: Full Card vs. eCard

Limited Access Library Card

  • Borrow up to 3 items at a time
  • Request up to 3 items at a time
  • Access computer services & online resources

Database Use Only Library Card

Available to teachers, school librarians, and administrators at schools located in Santa Clara County for the purpose of demonstrating Library databases to students. Cards are valid for 1 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.

Student eAccount

Student eAccounts are issued in collaboration with local schools.

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