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The Santa Clara County Library District delivers so much more than books
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – March 15, 2018 – Just in time for summer vacation planning, the Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) is adding passport services to the long list of reasons to visit the library. Starting April 2 at the Milpitas Library and April 3 at the Cupertino Library, new passport acceptance facility offices will be open to the public during specified hours. Pre-book an appointment now at www.sccl.org/passport
“Our libraries provide high value to the community,” stated County Supervisor and library Joint Powers Authority board member, Joe Simitian. “Bringing passport services to the Cupertino and Milpitas libraries is just another example of how we are always focused on providing important and relevant services to our residents.”
The new Passport Acceptance Facilities will assist patrons to obtain first-time passports for adults and children, renewals for passports issued before the applicant was 16 years of age, renewals for expired passports issued more than 15 years ago, replacements for lost, stolen, or damaged passports, and provide passport photo services. An SCCLD library card is not required for the passport services, although one is recommended to utilize all of the travel-related information available from the library.
“Customer service is a cornerstone of the Library District,” according to County Supervisor and Chairman of the library Joint Powers Authority Board, Mike Wasserman. “There are few places that offer a welcoming space, resources for lifelong learning, and extended open hours. Planning your travel and applying for a passport at the library is a natural fit. I’m very happy to bring this level of customer service to our residents.”
To book an appointment, go to www.sccl.org/passport and select a time and location. Cupertino’s service will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays between 1-7 pm and Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 4 pm. Milpitas’s service will be available Mondays and Wednesdays 1-7 pm and Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 am to 4 pm.
Once submitted, passport applications typically take between four to six weeks to be processed, with the option of paying a $60 expedite fee to cut that time down by two weeks. Passports will be mailed directly to the applicant by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs.
SCCLD has many free resources on travel, cultures, international food, and Rosetta Stone to learn another language. For a sample of SCCLD’s digital and hard copy tour guides: http://bit.ly/2H8Kagi
Nancy Howe/Diane Roche/Erik Sanjurjo
Santa Clara County Library District
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About the Santa Clara County Library District
The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes more than 2 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources accessible from home or work. In 2014, SCCLD celebrated one hundred years of service to local residents. For the last several years, SCCLD has been consistently recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries by Library Journal. In 2017, SCCLD was ranked among the top ten large libraries in the United States in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. In 2014 and 2015, SCCLD won Innovator Awards from the Urban Libraries Council.
The Santa Clara County Library District includes two bookmobiles, an online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In 2017, the Santa Clara County Library District had more than 328,000 library cardholders and welcomed 3.2 million visitors, who borrowed over 9 million items.