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FAQ About the Library Closure

To Our Community,

To do our part in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19, all City of Santa Clara libraries have been closed at this time. Our staff is continuing to work to provide you with services and information. We would like to take a moment to answer some frequently asked questions:

How long will the library be closed?

Per the Shelter in Place Order, our libraries will be closed until at least April 7th.  *This date has been updated to reflect the Shelter-In-Place continuation and will now be until further notice. This date may be reassessed and we will be updating our community as we have more information.

Since the library is closed, what should I do about my books?

At this time, we are asking that you keep your library materials with you. You may return your items when the library reopens. All items that are checked out have had their due dates extended past the current closure date.

What if my items are due during this time?

All checked out items will have automatic renewal and have had their due dates extended past the current closure date. If your item is still due during the closure dates, you can continue to keep the item and no late fees will be added to your account when we reopen.

What if I have an item like a chromebook, hotspot, a Browsing Item or a LINK+ item?

We have extended the due dates for these items as well and you can keep these items until we reopen with no penalties.

What about library fines during this time?

No late fees will be added to your account during this time.

What if I have holds to pick up?

Since our libraries are closed, holds have been temporarily suspended. You will not be able to pick up holds at any of our libraries. When the library reopens, you will be able to pick up your holds.

My library card is about to expire, what can I do?

Any library card with an expiration date during this closure time has been updated.

I have a question about my account or need information, who can I ask?

We will have our staff available for questions from 10 AM to 2 PM Monday- Friday starting March 23rd.

If you need information or help with eResources, please call (408) 615-2900

If you need help with your library account or have questions about physical materials, please call (408) 615- 2970.

I would like to get a library card during this time. What can I do?

You can start the process by applying for a library card from home using our website. The application can be found here:

Our staff is currently working on getting library cards to you at home. We will have staff members available starting March 23rd from 10 AM to 2 PM on Monday through Friday to process registrations.

Please provide an email with your registration that will allow for us to contact you with your library card number and pin number.

What materials can I check out during this time?

All of our eResources are still available to the public and our staff is currently still purchasing the latest materials for you to enjoy. You can find our eBook and eAudiobook materials on our website under Books and More and Digital Library. You can follow this link:

We have two different eBook services that may interest you:
Hoopla ( allows for you to create an account using an email and password. You will then enter your library card information to access materials. We have temporarily increased the amount of items our community can check out on Hoopla to 8. Hoopla has a variety of items for check out like books, audio books, music and TV shows.

Libby or Northern California Digital Library ( allows for you to check out eBook and eAudiobooks. You can access up to 8 materials at one time. It only requires the login of your library card and pin number.

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