Access the Library from Off Campus

SJSU Students, Faculty & Distance Learners:

A Tower Card or Library Card is required to access the SJSU Library electronic resources from off campus. You also need a PIN number.

When you access the library's electronic resources (databases, ebooks, ejournals), you will see a log in screen that looks like this:

Off Campus Access to SJSU Resources

Fill in the 3 boxes and you’ll be set to access most of the electronic resources.  Some databases and journals require separate IDs and passwords.  You will be prompted again with a “Get Library Password” and a similar screen:

Get Library Passwords


If you don't have a PIN number, then, select the Library Account Link which is always located at the top of any page on our website.

  1. Enter your name in the first box. Enter your 9 digit SJSU ID in the second box. (The "w" is the equivalent to 00).
  2. Enter a PIN number in the third box. You will be asked to enter your new PIN twice. Your PIN should be a 4-digit number. Simple PINs such as 1111 or 1234 will be rejected by the system. 

If You Forget Your PIN:

You can Reset Your PIN automatically. An email will be sent to the email address in your library record, including a link that will allow you to select a new PIN.

If you need help with your Library Account:

Please contact Jeffrey Frank or call 408-808-2326.  You may also want to check out the Distance Library Services Guide for more helpful information.