San Jose Public Library

San José Public Library
San José Public Library (logo).jpg
CountryUnited States
LocationSan Jose, California
Access and use
Circulation10.49 million items
Population served1,000,536
Other information
Budget$37 million
DirectorJill Bourne, City Librarian
References: [1]

The San José Public Library (Spanish: Biblioteca Pública de San José)[2] is the public library system of San Jose, California, made up of 23 branch libraries spread across the city.


Its central library, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, is also the main library of the San Jose State University. Built in 2003, King Library is the first joint use library in the United States shared by a major university as its only library and a large city as its main library. It has more than 1.6 million items. The building has nine floors that result in more than 475,000 square feet (44,100 m2) of space with a capacity for 2 million volumes.[3]

The city has 23 neighborhood branches including the Biblioteca Latinoamericana which specializes in Spanish language materials.[4] The East San Jose 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 San Jose system (along with the university system) were jointly named as "Library of the Year" by Library Journal in 2004.[5]


  • 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
  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Pearl Avenue
  • Rose Garden
  • Santa Teresa
  • Seven Trees
  • Tully Community
  • Village Square
  • Vineland
  • Willow Glen
  • West Valley

See also


  1. ^ "Facts and Awards".
  2. ^ La Biblioteca Pública de San José en Español
  3. ^ SJ Library MLK History page (Mentions joint university/city status, collection size and uniqueness of project.)
  4. ^ Locations page at SJ Library site(See BL article for its references.)
  5. ^ San Jose Public Library – Facts & Awards "In 2004, San Jose Public Library and San Jose 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

  • Official website
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