San José Public Library

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San José Public Library
Country United States
Type Public
Established 1872
Location 150 E. San Fernando Street
San Jose, California
Size 2,298,116
Access and use
Circulation 14,918,873
Population served 1,023,083
Other information
Budget $38.5 million USD
Director Jill Bourne, City Librarian
Website [1]
References: [1]

The San José Public Library is the public library system of San José, California.

Its central library, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, is also the main library of the San José State University. The building of the library in 2003 was the largest single library construction project west of the Mississippi. It has more than 1.6 million items. The building has eight floors that result in more than 475,000 square feet (44,100 m2) of space with a capacity for 2 million volumes.[2]

The city has 23 neighborhood branches including the Biblioteca Latinoamericana which specializes in Spanish language works.[3] The East San José Carnegie Branch Library, a Carnegie library opened in 1908, is the last Carnegie library in Santa Clara County still operating as a public library and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. As the result of a bond measure passed in November 2000, a number of brand new or completely reconstructed branches have been completed and opened. The yet-to-be-named brand new Southeast Branch is also planned, bringing the bond library project to its completion.[4]

The San José system (along with the University system) were jointly named as "Library of the Year" by the Library Journal in 2004.[5]


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library of the San José Public Library
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library[6]
  • Almaden
  • Alviso
  • Dr. Roberto Cruz - Alum Rock
  • Bascom
  • Berryessa
  • Biblioteca Latinoamericana
  • Cambrian
  • Calabazas
  • East S.J. Carnegie
  • Educational Park
  • Edenvale
  • Evergreen
  • Hillview
  • Joyce Ellington
  • Pearl Avenue
  • Rose Garden
  • Santa Teresa
  • Seventrees
  • Tully Community
  • Vineland
  • Willow Glen
  • West Valley

List of databases[edit]

As of 2014 the library arranges for its patrons access to digital content from several providers:[7]

Title Provider
AHFS Consumer Medication Information EBSCO Industries
Alternative Health Watch EBSCO Industries
Art & Photo Magazines from Zinio Gilvest
Articles from Magazines & Newspapers - Basic Search EBSCO Industries
Articles from Magazines, Journals & Newspapers - In Depth Search EBSCO Industries
Automotive Magazines from Zinio Gilvest
Biography Article Search EBSCO Industries
Biography in Context Cengage Learning, Inc.
Business Magazines from Zinio Gilvest
Business Source Complete EBSCO Industries
California Digital Newspaper Collection University of California, Riverside
California Room Local History Resources San José Public Library
ChiltonLibrary Cengage Learning, Inc.
Computer Source EBSCO Industries
Consumer Health Complete EBSCO Industries
Consumer Reports EBSCO Industries
Crafts Magazines from Zinio Gilvest
CustomGuide Online Software Training CustomGuide Inc.
Digital Sanborn Maps Cambridge Information Group
Discover & Go
Driving Tests
La Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos en Línea World Book, Inc.
Film & Television Literature Index EBSCO Industries
Global Issues in Context Cengage Learning, Inc.
Health & Fitness Magazines from Zinio Gilvest
Health Source EBSCO Industries
History Reference Center EBSCO Industries
Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center EBSCO Industries
Home Improvement Reference Center EBSCO Industries
Home Magazines from Zinio Gilvest
International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance EBSCO Industries
Kids Search EBSCO Industries
LearningExpress Library Tutorials
LearningExpress Recursos para Hispanohablantes
Legal Collection EBSCO Industries
Legal Information Reference Center EBSCO Industries
Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts EBSCO Industries
Literary Magazines from Zinio Gilvest
Literary Reference Center EBSCO Industries
Magazines from Zinio Gilvest
Magill's Medical Guide Online
Mango Languages
Music Collections at King Library
Music Magazines from Zinio Gilvest
NoveList EBSCO Industries
Opposing Viewpoints in Context Cengage Learning, Inc.
Poetry & Short Story Reference Center EBSCO Industries
Points of View Reference Center EBSCO Industries
ReferenceUSA Business Directory
Rich's Online Directory
Rock's Backpages
Safari Books Online
Salud en Español EBSCO Industries
San José Mercury News (1985-present) NewsBank, Inc.
San José Mercury News (2009-present) Cambridge Information Group
Science & Technology Magazines from Zinio Gilvest
Science Reference Center EBSCO Industries
Searchasaurus EBSCO Industries
Shmoop Online Test Prep
Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal
Small Business Reference Center EBSCO Industries
Student Research Center EBSCO Industries
Treehouse Treehouse Island, Inc.
Tuition Funding Sources
Value Line Investment Survey Value Line, Inc.
Vocational and Career Collection EBSCO Industries
Web Resources about Elections, Politics and Voting San José Public Library
Web Resources about Government San José Public Library
Web Resources about Health & Wellness San José Public Library
Web Resources about Jobs and Careers San José Public Library
Web Resources about Law and Legal Help San José Public Library
Web Resources about Your Money San José Public Library
World Book World Book, Inc.
Zinio Gilvest


  1. ^
  2. ^ SJ Library MLK Fast Facts page (Mentions joint university/city status, collection size and size of construction project.)
  3. ^ Locations page at SJ Library site(See BL article for its references.)
  4. ^ Bond Projects for Branch Libraries page at the SJ Library site
  5. ^ San Jose 2003-2004 Annual Report "In 2004, San José Public Library and San José State University Library were jointly named Library of the Year by the Library Journal."
  6. ^ "Locations & Hours -- System Map." Retrieved on January 16, 2013.
  7. ^ "eLearning & Articles: Resources by Name". San José Public Library. Archived from the original on October 24, 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • - portal website of the San José Public Library and the San José State University Library