Using the Library


With a Stockton San Joaquin County Public Library card you can:

  • Check out books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, books on CD, Playaways, downloadable E-Books and more
  • Access Library databases and reference material
  • Use the Library's computers and printers
  • Discover & Go to cultural venues free of charge or at a discounted rate

Note: You do not need a Library card to access the wireless Internet


Library Cards

Your first Library card is free of charge.  You do not need to live in the area to get a card. Your card is good at any of the branches in our system including the Bookmobile.

Expired cards are not necessarily invalid. See Expired Cards.

More information about Library Cards.


Fees & Fines

Accounts with items returned late or renewed late accrue overdue fines.

A message via telephone or email will attempt to notify you of overdue material. Failure of notification does not excuse fines.

Fine limits are $10.00 fines/fees or 30 day old balance.

Lost or damaged material will be charged at full cost plus $10.00 processing fee.

Fee Schedule


Meeting Rooms

Most of the Library branches have meeting rooms available for public use. More information on Meeting Rooms.



Public Internet computers and printers are available for use. Software programs include MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, Publisher and Access.

More information on Library Computers.


Wireless Printing

The library now offers wireless printing from your device. Send your print job to any of our libraries to print your materials from a laptop or mobile device.

Wireless Printing Help



All SSJCPL Libraries are wireless. Any Wi-Fi enabled laptop, PDA, or Wi-Fi-ready gaming device may be used free of charge. No library account is needed to access Wi-Fi.

WiFi Help and FAQ