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


  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.

External links[edit]

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