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Technology and Internet

Interacting with us online

We support comments on our websites, blogs, and social media sites. The library respects all viewpoints and promotes healthy conversations online. Comments are expected to be civil and relevant to the topic being commented upon. Comments that comply with this policy will not be removed or prevented from being posted. No comments will be removed solely because they express a positive or negative viewpoint.

San Jose Public Library maintains a blog. Blog comments are reviewed prior to posting. We reserve the right to monitor all content. Our staff may modify or remove any messages or postings on any of our online platforms that is deemed to be:

  • Not relevant to the content being commented on
  • Profane language or sexual content
  • Discriminatory
  • Advertisements or spam
  • Illegal activity or encouraging illegal activity
  • Personal attacks, insults, or threatening language
  • Personally identifiable information
  • Information that may compromise the safety or security of the public, staff, or public systems
  • Copyrighted or plagiarized material

We reserve the right to reproduce comments, posts, and messages. For example, a response to a Facebook post or blog book review may be quoted in a newspaper or on the SJPL or SJSU website. No personal information, other than first name, will be used unless prior approval is granted by the user.

Using Library Computers

You are expected to use library computers in a responsible and courteous manner. Only covered drinks are allowed. Computers are located in public areas and shared by people of all ages and backgrounds. Be considerate and respectful of other library customers and especially mindful of children in the library. Privacy screens are available upon request at all locations.

Due to a limited number of public computers, we reserve the right to limit the amount of time you may have access. All computers will be shut down no later than 5 minutes before the library closes.

Available Devices

Library customers may check out a Tablet or Laptop to use in the library Only for up to 2 hours at select locations. These devices have access to the internet, Microsoft Office Suite and may be connected to a wireless printer. Device check out is subject to availability on a first-come, first-served basis. To check out a device, a customer must submit their own current San Jose Library card that is in good standing and must sign the User Agreement. Our devices are protected by Deep Freeze. When the laptops are rebooted the laptop's hard-drive is returned to it's original state.

Locations with devices are: SJPL Works at King Library and Educational Park Branch Library. Contact the library for more information.

Student Computing Services is where SJSU students, faculty, and staff can borrow laptops, iPads, and more.

If you engage in any unauthorized or criminal use of the computer or any devices/ equipment, your privileges will be denied. When using public computers be sure to follow all posted guidelines and our behavior guidelines.

Revised March 2019