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Welcome to the Library!

Cesar E. Chavez Library building

The San Jose City College Library supports the programs of the College and your learning needs by providing a rich variety of learning resources and instruction in the principles of information competency.

We can assist you with:

  • Finding books, magazines, DVDs, and CDs
  • Locating articles in over 30 databases
  • Developing a research plan for your papers and projects
  • Evaluating websites
  • Citation formatting
  • ESL Resources
  • And more!



Library Cards

Your SJCC I.D. Card is your library card. You can get one at the Information Counter in the Student Services Center. You are responsible for the return of all library materials borrowed with your card. Fines are charged for overdue items, and payment is required for lost or damaged materials.

Loan Periods 

Books and Compact Discs                 3 weeks
Magazines                                          1 week
Video cassettes                                  1 week
DVD's                                                  1 week
Reserve materials (variable)               1 hour – 3 weeks
Reference books, newspapers, some reserve items, and the current issues of magazines are for library use only.


Items can be renewed twice, unless another borrower has requested them. For renewals, call (408) 288-3775, or visit our Renewal Site.
Fines for Overdue Items

General Items (books, CDs, DVDs)  $ 0.25 per day, each item
Study Rooms                                     $ 1.50 per hour or partial hour
Computers                                         $ .50 per hour or partial hour
Reserve Items                                    $1.50 per hour or partial hour
Laptop Computers                             $5.00 per hour or partial hour
*Fines for overdue reserve materials (textbooks, DVDs and videos only) are $1.50/hour per item for each hour the library is open. Maximum fines can equal the cost of the material, plus a non-refundable $25.00 processing fee.
*One- and two-hour reserve material not returned to the Circulation Counter by closing time on the day the item is due will be subject to a $5.00 overnight fine and $5.00 for each additional day the library is closed (Saturdays, Sundays and holidays). This fine is in addition to the $1.50/hour overdue fine charged when the library is open.


Library Holdings and Circulation
The library owns 64,000 print books found in the general, reference, paperback, and other special collections. The library also carries 2,495 media items, including DVDs, CDs, and videos.
During 2016-2017, the total number of books and media circulated reached 8,825.


Current magazines and newspapers are available in the Periodicals Area. Back issues of magazines can be checked out for one week and renewed twice. They are stored under the periodical display shelves and also at the Circulation Counter.

For a complete listing of library holdings, consult the SJCC Library Periodicals List, or check theLibrary Catalog.

Computers for word processing, internet and database searching are located in the reference area and can be reserved for two hours at a time at the Circulation Counter.  A student I.D. card is required to check out a computer. Wireless Internet Access is available throughout the library.​

Disabled Access

The library provides an adjustable table, an ADA-approved computer workstation, a screen reader program and a print-enlarger for the visually-impaired.

Go Print
This is a cash- or card-operated printer attached to the library computers. A color printer is also available.
Group Study Rooms
Ten group study rooms are available on the third floor.  They can be reserved at the Circulation Counter by groups of two or more people, for a two-hour time period.
Laptop Computers
Are available for use in the Group Study Rooms for a two-hour check-out period.  Sign the Laptop Computer Loan Agreement at the Circulation Counter to check out a computer.

Library Databases
Magazine, journal, and newspaper articles are found through our 70+ databases available both on- and off-campus. Log-in with your college I.D. number for off-campus access.

Media Equipment
The library houses equipment for listening to compact discs and equipment for viewing videos and DVDs. There is a machine for reading and copying microfilm in the reference area. Ask the librarian for details.

Interlibrary Loan
Items not owned by either the SJCC or EVC library may be loaned from other libraries. Information is  available at the Reference Desk.

Two cash-operated photocopiers are located at the east end of the reference area.
Reference Services
The reference counter is located to the right of the front doors as you enter the library.  If you need help locating information or using library resources, the librarian is here to assist you.

Reserve Collection



The reserve collection, located at the Circulation Counter, contains textbooks provided by instructors, as well as other library materials. Loan periods for reserve items are set by the instructors and may vary.

Library Mission Statement

The San Jose City College Library supports the programs of the  College and the educational needs of a diverse student population by providing a rich  variety of learning resources and instruction in the principles of  information competency.  

Student Learning Outcome #1   
Students will acquire information competency/literacy skills, which include the ability to access, retrieve, analyze, evaluate and apply, and document sources.

Service Area Outcome #1
The librarians will select, acquire, and maintain a current collection of print, audio-visual, and electronic resources to support, augment and supplement the college ​curriculum, course assignments, student success and  lifelong learning.

Service Area Outcome #2

The librarians will provide access to and assistance with information resources for students, faculty, staff, and community; they will promote information resources in all appropriate forms.​

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Cesar E. Chavez Library 

Fall Schedule 
September 3 - December 19

Mondays - Thursdays
8:30am - 8pm
8:30am - 2pm

Closed on weekends and school holidays.


2nd & 3rd Floor of  the Library/LRC Building.

​​​​Contact Us


(408) 288-3775


(408) 293-4728

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