Offering Free Library eCards to All Santa Clara County Residents
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – With local schools and most businesses remaining closed to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) has expanded its virtual library services. SCCLD is providing even more online resources, virtual events and is temporarily allowing all Santa Clara County residents who do not have a library card with SCCLD to register online for a library eCard for instant access to the online library.
All SCCLD libraries remain closed until a time when it is deemed safe to return, but the online library is available 24/7 to anyone with an internet connection and a library card, eCard or student eAccount. SCCLD has been enhancing its online services with storytimes Monday through Saturday on Facebook Live (@SCCLD), bilingual storytimes on Thursday (Spanish) and Friday (Mandarin), Kanopy virtual film clubs for adults, virtual book clubs for all ages, online ESL conversation clubs, and more.
“We know how much our patrons miss visiting their local libraries, and our staff are happy that we can continue to provide valuable library services and support,” said Acting County Librarian Jennifer Weeks. “Public health comes first though, and we are finding creative ways of enhancing our virtual library services.”
SCCLD launched a new website (sccld.org) in January with an expanded array of online conveniences. The website homepage has been recently redesigned to focus on the online resources, virtual programs and services available from the Santa Clara County Library District. Those who wish to access SCCLD’s online collections can login with their library card to enjoy eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, streaming movies and music, and dozens of online resources for students, job seekers, and people of all ages.
As a service to the community, SCCLD is offering temporary eCard registration access to all Santa Clara County residents. For teens, SCCLD is holding the annual Teen Poetry Contest. Entries will be accepted through April 30, with prizes available. For more information, visit sccld.org/TeenPoetry2020.
Email, text and chat support is available with librarians available to help patrons with their research, collection-related inquiries and account questions.
Check the website often as the library staff are busy adding new resources and virtual programs almost daily.
National Library Week is April 19-25, and on behalf of the Santa Clara County Library District, thank you to all library patrons, stakeholders, volunteers and staff for your support of public libraries everywhere.