The SJSU Library has reopened. Please check our hours page for information on building and service hours.
   NOTE: Floors 6–8 are currently open only for SJSU students, faculty, and staff. See the Library FAQs for more information.

Library's Hours:
Fri 10/22 8am - 6pm

Borrowing & Requesting

To borrow library materials, you will need your Tower ID card. There are no limits on the number of items SJSU borrowers can check out. Please allow up to 48 hours for items to be processed. Loan periods are as follows:

Undergraduate students: Items are due at the end of each term
Graduate students: 16 weeks from date of checkout, 5 renewals
Faculty & Staff: 1 year from date of checkout, 10 renewals
San Jose Public Library patrons: 3 weeks from date of checkout, 3 renewals

Note: Requesting is NOT available for materials located in Reference, Special Collections, or Course Reserves.

SJSU students, faculty, and staff can borrow laptops, iPads, and more from SCS at no charge. See Student Computing Services for more information. 

CSU+ is a resource-sharing system through which current students, faculty, and staff can request items from all 23 CSU campus libraries and have them delivered to their home campus within 2-5 days. Requests will be made directly in the item record in OneSearch, but you must be logged in to your account see this option. Only SJSU patrons are eligible to use CSU+. Loan periods are as follows:

  • CSU+ books: 60 days, no renewals
  • CSU+ media: 30 days, no renewals

Note: This service might not be available at all CSU campuses due to COVID-19.

All California State University libraries offer walk-in privileges to current SJSU students, staff, and faculty. SJSU patrons may check out books at other CSU libraries using their Tower card. Books and media can be checked out for 30 days without renewal.

Distance students who would like to take advantage of this program can request a Tower card from the Bursar's Office:  Bring a photo ID and your Tower card to check out books at another CSU. 

Use Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) to request items such as books, articles (print or electronic), and dissertations from libraries worldwide. Please be aware, however, that Interlibrary Loan is a cooperative service. Because some libraries remain closed or have staff limitations, requests may be delayed or remain unfulfilled.

Interlibrary Loan does not fill requests for:

There are separate self-check machines for SJPL and SJSU materials on the ground floor at King Library.

The borrower is responsible for loss or damage charges resulting from improper returns. Items returned after the Library has closed are considered returned on the next open day. Outside book drops are open after closing at all Library locations. SJSU Course Reserves and CSU+/Interlibrary Loan items must be returned to the King Library Academic Reserves Desk, not to the outside book drops. For more information about borrowing Course Reserves items, see Course Reserves.

Print Materials

There are no daily fines for SJSU print materials, but they will be considered lost at 14 days overdue and you will be billed the replacement cost of $110 per item. We do not accept physical replacements for lost materials. No refunds will be given after an item is paid for, including instances where an item has been found after it has been paid.

Course Reserves

  • Hourly checkouts: $1 per hour, $20 maximum fine
  • Daily checkouts: $5 per day, $20 maximum fine
  • Fines must be paid online; no cash or checks will be accepted.

Laptop and Other Tech Equipment 

For late fees for laptops and other items from Student Computing Services, see Lending Policies

There are no daily fines for materials borrowed through CSU+, but they will be considered lost at 14 days overdue and you will be billed the replacement cost of $90 per item. Fines must be paid online; no cash or checks will be accepted.

If you are an SJPL patron, you can still check out SJSU materials, but you'll need to get an SJSU Library card. See Information for San Jose Public Library Patrons for more information.