Curbside Service is Available:
Monday - Saturday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
How can I get help to make a Curbside Service appointment?
If you need assistance or would like to schedule an appointment by phone, please call our Ask-a-Librarian line at (408) 540-3947 (phone call hours: Monday through Saturday from 10am-6pm). To make an appointment online, visit sccld.org/curbside. Please note, no appointment is needed for the walkup service; however, you must first receive confirmation that your holds are available.
Picking Up Holds
How do I pick up my hold?
It’s easy! Once you receive confirmation that your holds are available, just make a curbside holds pickup appointment for the library that has your holds by visiting sccld.org/curbside or calling (408) 540-3947 for assistance (phone call hours: Monday through Saturday from 10am-6pm). When you arrive at the library for your Curbside Holds Pickup appointment, be sure to follow the instructional signage. If you want to use the walkup holds service, no appointment is necessary but you will need to show your library card.
Ok, I’m at the library sitting in my car. Now what?
Call the number listed on the Curbside Holds Pickup sign to let staff know you are outside. Be prepared to provide your name, appointment time, make/model/color of your car, and the numbered spot you are parked in. A staff member will bring the borrowed items to your car. If you are using the Walkup holds service, go to the walkup service table. No appointment is necessary for the walkup service, but you must first receive confirmation that your holds are available.
What if I am using public transportation or walking to the library?
For patrons using public transportation or walking to the library, there’s a walkup service outside the library where patrons can pick up their items. Please be prepared to give staff your name and show your library card. Patrons are required to practice social distancing, maintaining a 6-foot space between themselves and others, as well as wearing a face covering if using the walkup service. Please do not return items on the walkup service table. All returns must go in the special return bins.
How do I check out items? Do I need my library card with me?
If you made an appointment, we will have your name and account information already in our system when you make an appointment. Staff will check out the items for you before bringing them to you. If you are using the walkup service, you will need to have your library card with you.
Can I also return items at the same time?
There are special return bins outside of the library where patrons may return materials during curbside service hours. Please do not use the traditional book drop offs and do not leave them on the walkup service table.
How many items am I allowed to check out?
Patrons with full-use cards may place holds and check out up to 12 items per account. Patrons with limited cards may place holds and check out up to 3 items per account. eCards are only used for the online library and cannot be used to check out physical materials from the library. For our OverDrive collections, all library cards may check out up to 10 eBooks at a time.
How long am I able to keep the checked out materials?
Patrons can keep items for three weeks, and may renew their items up to three times if there are no holds.
What if I missed my deadline to pick up materials? Then what do I do?
If you missed your appointment, please call (408) 540-3947 right away to find out if your holds are still available. If so, you can book another appointment to pick them up. This phone number is staffed: Monday through Saturday from 10am-6pm.
Putting Items on Hold
How do I put an item on hold online?
Visit our website, sccld.org. In the upper right hand corner, click on the LOG IN/MY SCCLD button and log in with your account number/username and pin number. Next, using the search bar, you can search for an item by title, author name or keywords. Once you have found what you’ve wanted, click on HOLD. Then select which library you would like to pick the item up from. We will email you when your hold item is ready for pickup. For more information about using our online catalog to locate items and place holds, visit the Catalog User Guide or call our Ask-a-Librarian line at (408) 540-3947 (phone call hours: Monday through Saturday from 10am-6pm).
How long can you hold materials?
Items will be held for 10 days before it goes to the next person in the queue.
How many items can I put on hold at one time?
Patrons with full-use cards may put up to 12 items on hold per account. Patrons with limited cards may place up to 3 holds per account. eCards are only used for the online library and cannot check out or place holds on physical materials from the library. To convert an eCard to a physical card, please contact our Accounts staff.
How long will it take to get my new holds?
It depends on whether the items are on our shelves, in quarantine, or with another patron. Holds that are not currently on the shelf and/or new holds could take longer. Returned items will be held in quarantine for 96 hours, as a best practice advised by the World Health Organization and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. We ask patrons to have patience during this time.
How do I place holds on items from the library with my eCard?
If you are placing holds on digital copies such as eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming video and music, you enter your library eCard number the same way you would with a limited or full-use card. If you are trying to place holds on physical items from the library, the eCard is only good for borrowing items from the online library. You will need to convert your eCard to a physical card y contacting our Account Questions team at (408) 540-3945 (phone call hours: Monday through Saturday from 10am-6pm). They are also available by email and chat.
Can I put an item on hold at the library?
New holds are only being accepted online or by calling the libraries.
I only have an eCard. Can I check out books and movies from the library?
How do I get a library account?
If you do not have a library account with us and live within Santa Clara County, you can apply for an eCard from the website. If approved, the eCard gives you instant access to the entire online library. If you want to place holds on physical items from the library, you will need a limited or full-use physical card. To convert an eCard to a physical card or if you have questions about getting a card, please call our Account Questions line at (408) 540-3945 (phone call hours: Monday through Saturday from 10am-6pm).
How do I return my materials?
There are special bins outside of the library where patrons may return materials during curbside service hours (Monday - Saturday, 1-5 pm). Follow the signs for Library Returns. For curbside service maps, please visit: Campbell | Cupertino | Gilroy | Los Altos | Milpitas | Morgan Hill | Saratoga | Woodland
Please do not use the traditional book drop offs and please do not leave return items on the walkup holds table as they may not get processed and removed from your account.
Am I going to incur fines for returning my items late?
No, there are no late fines being incurred at the moment. However, other patrons may be waiting for items checked out to you, and so we encourage the return of materials when you are able to do so. Returns are accepted during curbside hours, Monday-Saturday from 1-5pm.
I returned my items but my account shows I still have them?
All items coming back to the library are going through a 96-hour quarantine before they are processed back into the system. Please be patient as it could take 5-6 days before the items are removed from your account.
Is the library currently accepting book donations?
The library is not currently accepting book donations at this time. Learn more about how you can support the Library District and associated Library support groups.
Keeping Staff and Patrons Safe and Healthy
What is SCCLD doing to keep patrons and staff healthy?
Curbside services are contactless. Also, staff are provided with PPEs (personal protective equipment) and we are following guidelines from the County Health Department regarding social distancing and the number of employees allowed in the workspace. All staff are having their temperatures taken before they come to work, to make sure they are healthy.
We are continuing to keep the libraries closed until it is deemed safe for the public. In the meantime, all of our programs and events will be held virtually. When libraries open up, we ask that patrons continue following social distancing guidelines and, if necessary, to continue wearing face masks.