Get a library card and discover life’s possibilities!
Apply for a Library card in person and get instant access to physical materials and our Virtual Library, including ebooks, audiobooks, and online resources. To apply: come to the Library with photo ID and proof of local residency.
If you are a San Juan Island resident who’s never had a SJLIB card, you may apply for an eCard HERE and receive access to our Virtual Library, including ebooks, audiobooks, and online resources.
If you are a San Juan Island resident who’s never had a SJLIB card, you may apply for an eCard and receive access to our Virtual Library, including ebooks, audiobooks, and online resources.
To check out physical materials, request an interlibrary loan, or reserve a computer, apply for a card in person with photo ID and proof of local residency to convert your eCard to a card with full borrowing privileges.
Kids 17 and under are welcome to apply for a library card in person with a legal guardian.
Residents of Orcas and Lopez Islands with library cards in good standing may apply for a reciprocal card.
Residents residing on outer islands (Henry/Stuart/Brown/Waldron/Pearl) are eligible for a regular card with photo ID and proof of local residency or boat slip rental.
Visitors may apply for a guest card at a fee of $10/month or $100/year.
You can use your card to borrow books, DVDs, and other items, including our Library of Things and Virtual Library access. You can borrow up to 5 items at a time (and place 8 items on hold at a time) on Libby and up to 5 items per month on hoopla.
Return physical materials in our 24/7 book drops or in person during open hours.
Items from our Virtual Library are automatically returned when due.
Step 1: Search the library catalog LINK for the title you want
Step 2: Select the Place Hold option next to the item you are interested in and enter your library card number and PIN.
Step 3: Once you receive notification (by email, text, or phone) that your item is available, head to the Library during open hours and pick up your item at the front desk. (You have 7 days to pick up your held item before it is returned to circulation for other patrons to borrow).
Different items have different checkout periods.
Items will automatically renew up to two times if not on hold for another patron.
Book on CD
Games and Puzzles
Portable WiFi Hotspot
Library of Things
See complete list [LINK]
SJLIB does not charge for overdue materials.
Replacement fees are assessed for lost or damaged materials. Replacement items are not accepted as payment.
Any materials 30 days overdue or more result in a temporary account suspension until they are returned.
You may ask for a free replacement card at the front desk.
As part of our commitment to equity and access, we try to remove any barriers to library use. Many other major library systems have eliminated late fines, including Chicago, San Francisco, Denver, Sno-Isle, Kitsap, and Spokane.
We do not charge daily late fees, so there is no cost for keeping something a few days late; however, we are a community resource so please return items in a timely manner if possible.
Yes! Curbside pickup is available during open library hours.