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Dr Martin Luther King Jr Library

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Smiler G


Wonderful place. My daughter especially liked the troupe of local actors portraying 'homeless people' on the 3rd floor. Intricately depicting the poor wretched lives of those most forgotten by society.

Then,As if that wasn't enough ' Coutre al Haute. We, were totally taken aback by, the impromptu chorus of 'aspiring rappers' that appeared out of nowhere. In fact one of the members of the troupe, actually mime'd a robbery on us and, made off with both our cellphones. In fact, the rascal made off with my car keys, as well. Now, that's what I call audience Participation! ' They all de'serve some kind of Silicon Valley award, much like, the ones' they give each other, for a variety of accomplishments in 'Silicon Valley'.

Nest pas?

sarah t


Huge with tons of categorys and a very intresting collection of newspapers dating back to the 1800

Alice J


I recently became a member of the libraries in San Jose. This one in particular is great. It's huge with multiple floors and has a little tully's cafe at the bottom floor. Tons of books, magazines, audio books, cds, etc and the staff is really helpful and nice. It's located in the downtown area though so parking can be a little challenging sometimes.

Andrew B


I came here to pick up extra tags for the garbage day pickup. It took a while to find someone who knew what I was talking about but eventually I was helped by a very nice young woman. Got it, got out, got what I needed.

Johann N


This is one of the best public libraries in the nation, with ample computer space, free wifi, and a great book collection. It's right across from the free Dash (201) bus to Caltrain, three blocks from light-rail, and surrounded by general bus routes which alleviates most of the downtown parking and congestion issues. Parking on site likely requires parking in one of many pay lots in San Jose.

Ola J


WOW! If I could study at this library, I would be a fuckin' genius and even more of a nerd than I am already. Simply breathtaking.It looks 100x better in person than when I first knew of its existence from the SATC movie.Still can't believe people get to use it. How could such a beautiful place be a functional library?! Amazing. A *MUST* if you are visiting San Jose, CA for the first time.

Danvi V


This library is huge and they have after hours during finals week.

The cafe down stairs is decent.

The employees are relatively nice.

Did you notice the sinks shrink each floor you go up?

April A


I love how during finals week, students have the privilege of staying here 24/7 to get some quiet time for studying. I LOVE IT!

Sahkriet S


It seems that the 'library etiquette' that most Americans were brought up with has gone the way of the 'Gold Rush' here. It's the loudest library I've ever been in. Everybody either seems to be 'passing gas' or, snoring for 'God sakes'. I mean. REALLY LOUD like when I got lost in a bear cave at Yosemite.

People do weird things in the bathroom. I wouldn't send my daughter there by herself.

There also seems to be a race of people that don't know how to use a toilet bowl and cooks beans and soup with Sterno in there.

I might not be a big time city boy but, I must say I was rather taken a'back by the whole pageant.

The language that came out of some of those students well... I just don't know what to say. 'N' word this and 'N' word that. I was under the impression that negros found that word to be offensive. Now, I really don't know how to a adress these chaps.

Then , I wanted to quickly look up a certain species of rare duck I believe I spotted swimming amongst the trash and debris in that little creek they have here that used to be called a river. Unfortunately, the gentleman at the next computer was talking to it and laughing way too LOUD as if he were the only one in the library. Kinda like in that 'Cape Fear' movie where Robert Dinero is laughing disturbingly LOUD in a crowded movie theater smoking a cigar. It's just like that, I swear to God.

They must have some kinda of urban youth program there called 'Rappers In the Library because that's all I heard.

Cory L


Great Library but the study layout needs to be improved. More outlets and there's definitely room for more tables and chairs. The WiFi is unreliable and can be difficult to connect or keep a connection.

Joseph A


Library is good and has good books. Kids books are very good, books are organised properly in the correct sections.There are books of different languages. If new berry award books are in one section, it will be easier to select the books that we need.

Demetria Z


Spacious- lots of room for study and nice spot for the kids.

luis g


It's my favorite library it's really nice has great awesome books there just love it

Jorge C


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is a awesome place were kids go and do all sort of things and its not just for kids people of all ages come and read books, they usually have at least one new contest for everyone every month!

Suzie O


Nice, little, quirky public library. The San Jose library is built-in on the SJSU campus so it was definitely a frequent visit for me. This library has 8 floors! Floors 6-8 are silent floors so it's actually quite peaceful.

It was a great place to get some work done, definitely quiet enough, and there's plenty of meeting rooms. You have to book them ahead of time.

I have never taken one of the library tours here but there is plenty of interesting artwork and quirky elements that you can learn about. Pay attention to the sinks in the bathrooms - there's one sink that gets smaller as you go up the floors. There's also a secret Alice in Wonderland door in the non-glass elevators! Keep your eyes peeled for little art pieces that will make your day :)

Jessie P


This high tech facility is the look and feel of the future. The joint partnership between the City of San Jose and San Jose state university has created an excellent atmosphere for the researcher. The kid friendly and teenager area are just the thing for the young and young at heart

Joey L


Hands down one of the most beautiful buildings in SJ and also a great Library. Lucky I was able to attend SJSU.

Kacey H


Great library with a ton of reference materials and study nooks. Eight floors with an elevator and catalog lookup station on each floor. Parking is available across the street at the corner of 4th and E. San Fernando St. Materials are well organized and lighting turns on when you walk down the aisle. Cafe on the first floor.



Wonderful nice and quiet. Peaceful and free WiFi along with a huge selection of books and free computers

Surbi V


Book-lover's paradise. Efficient book keeping system. Great place to sit in and work. Spacious and airy.

Joe G


This is a shared library between San Jose State University and San Jose Public Library. It has a lot of materials, is open 7 days a week, and is open late. The library is well kept, has plenty of quiet areas to study in and have some great views in the higher floors. It is easily accessible to public transportation, and there is a parking structure across the street. Restrooms are clean. There is a Tully's coffee shop and another coffee shop in the main lobby. There is a well stocked kids area on the 1st floor and they have a schedule of free activities to keep your kids motivated to learn. There are usually activities for adults as well, such as talks on San Jose. There are many homeless people here trying to get warm, use the internet, charge phones, or simply trying to get off the street and in a place they will not be hassled, and they are harmless for the most part. There is security at the main entrance, and I see them patrol the floors, and they are friendly. The library is safe, and a really good resource for everyone. Checking out materials is easy with the self check out system, and returning is even easier. You can return books to any San Jose library too. Get yourself and kids a library card and make the best of this library.

Houman R


Terrible place to study because it is always filled with homeless and crazy people. They often use the library facilities to take showers using the faucet. I feel bad for the students of SJSU.

I think the city should come up with some kind of solution for the homeless/addict population so that they will stop abusing this library.

Ruochuan W


I don't want to write this review but today this homeless guy smells REALLY REALLY horrible. Man I'm cool with stinky stuff but this guy is way more off the chart stinky. The smell comes from him makes my eyes feel sore and dry.


Paul L


I Luv this library. Lots of reference materials available and a wide variety of books available. You can reserve and checkout materials on their web site. They are open late for SJSU students (Only!) during SJSU finals and various other times when SJSU students need late study hours.

The library has 10 floors, so there is lots of space to find a private study corner, if you desire. In addition, the have private study rooms that are great for groups of people that want this semi-privacy.

My only disappointment is they used to have wired Ethernet connections that provided High Speed internet connections of 30+ Mbps. They Disconnected the wired Ethernet connections, so the only way to connect to the Internet is via WiFi at about 1-2 Mbps.

Roland F


Amazing library and immense collection of books and other media. Many homeless people can be bothersome.

Holly W


LOVE the kids room at the library!

Events and activities in the kids room makes it enjoyable for the little ones to come to the library to read and have fun.

Spacious with lots seating areas. Computers for the little ones!! As well as blocks, toys, and a play kitchen set.

Check out is simple and super easy with their walk up kiosks. No need to hassle with anyone or a line of people.

Tori C


Having gotten my bachelor's and master's at Sjsu I've spent a ton of time at this library. So many resources and lots of fun features to explore. Avoid the lower floors if you are looking for quiet. There's eight of them though, the top 4 are for studying quietly or silently (on 7).

Dianna A


Check the lower floor with many very early plays and children's books. Many are not available for check out due to their frailty and rarity. Plenty of places to relax and enjoy the book. You can scan and email pages from the paper and microfiche offerings.



Such a relaxing place with beautiful views of the city and follow my instagram @supre.memes for daily funny posts :^)

Sayuri S


Great place for studying and working. Would recommend floor 6 for quiet room area. Lots of seating available. Closes at 6PM but they're open for students after hours.

Free wifi available and coffee shop on the first floor.

No free parking available. Park in the garage across the street or on the streets. $4 for 2hours(max) for street parking.

alexander m


The library has 8 floors so there is lots of room and reference materials. Getting to know the library catalog is key to navigating about. Since the library is downtown and it has empty space there can be some people that are found sleeping about while the bathrooms are cleaned they're are sometimes really messy

Nick S


Nice place to study or work quietly - be aware of the homeless/smelly vagrants walking around or using the bathrooms (which are usually filthy). Some nice views of campus if you know where to go.

Paul J


Amazing library. Wish it had better parking



Nice library, but as others have noted, it is always full of homeless people and the bathrooms are filthy. The chairs at the computer terminals are mostly hard narrow little chairs with arms that larger people can't sit comfortably in. Shame, because it has a nice selection of books. I'd rather study in the SJSU student union, though, where there are less crazy people.

Venkata B


Good place to sit and work, beware of non patrons, who just come for shelter. Study rooms is a very good option for SJSU students. 6,7,8 floors are better than others as they are monitored by security personnel.

Isaiah R


This library has a large selection of books to choose from. Many people come to this library everyday. Just as important, this library can be noisy at times.

Milica M


Upper floors are quiet areas, very peaceful and ideal if you need place for studying. On the first floor there is enclosed area dedicated for kids and seems to be pretty clean and safe. You also have available public PCs with internet access and coin print stations. I usually avoid second and third floor, since there are some homeless people, although they seem to be friendly..

rishab m


There are a lot of homeless people in this library. It smells bad and everything is dirty. I would never come here again. There are no staff on the 2nd and 3rd floors. This is not a library, it is a dirty homeless shelter.

Rayez G


I would give it a ZERO if I could! I am an SJSU student and wanted to check out TWO books today. Apparently they only have one employee who could checkout SJSU books, so I waited for 5 minutes. That employee was very busy helping a woman. So i tried their self checkout counter, but it didn't work. I returned to the line and was shocked to find out that now that SJSU person was helping four dudes. I talked to other two employees who were just sitting idle, and they told me that they can't help me. It is VERY UNFAIR that they only have one employee working for SJSU students, and even more unfair that if that person gets busy, then other employees who are sitting idle can't help the line. I mean they all are being paid, so it doesn't make sense that one person is so busy working while others sit idle watching. Very upset with this library. Waiting for 15 minutes to checkout 2 books when 3 employees are working and there are only 5 people in line is very unfair.

Raghava R


A very organized library. Indian parents can find a lot of books of multiple Indian languages.

Lan J


The library was a perfect location for our nonprofit to give awards to San Jose leaders for protecting people's information. Candice, the event coordinator secured the room with less than 2 weeks' notice, and was very accessible and wonderful in communicating about logistics.

The Media office was super helpful when we did the rehearsal. The room had modern media equipment such as two retractable big screens controlled by a panel and connected with a laptop.

The award winners and audience enjoyed the experience very much. I wouldn't change a thing. Thank you Candice and the Media office!

Ariel R


This place has always had homeless people they dont bother me because they come to read and go on the computers. Great place to study and get things done, been coming here since i was 10!

Pooh K


Very good place to study and get away from the noise... It dosent make sense to discriminate and complain about homless people who are trying to figure out how to make their life better while at the library. If they didnt care about their future they wouldnt be there!



Wonderful library, great for studying. Has quiet floors which are greatly appreciated.

hirokatsu k


The library is amazing place. It‘s a perfect location, beautiful views and very peaceful. Also, we can study and work. There are a lots reference materials here.

Artem M


Library is confusing and not enough group meeting rooms. It should take down bunch of dumb uselesss stands and displays of all these minorities history that occupy so much space and make more something usefull like group meeting rooms. This is not a museum afterall but a place to study

Matthew M


The library has some very respectable resources, and reasonably helpful staff on hand. Unfortunately, most experiences at this library are often marred by the sheer quantity of homeless persons that take shelter in the building during operating hours. I have witnessed sex acts in study rooms, a person urinating in a bottle on the 7th floor (presumably so he wouldn't lose his spot/valuables), and people cleaning themselves in the bathrooms and drying their clothing in the hand dryers (even on the student level). At what point do these disruptions warrant action from the city or University?

Nicholas J


The convenience of a library is to be open to the public and not close down because of one room being occupied out off hundreds that are still available.



My son and i went to the libtary today.

We had 2 min. Left to it closes. And the women who worked there only wrnt up to us to say they are closes. And stayed there beside us harrassing us and thete where other people there and she did not say anything to THEM. And they ARE not the help of tje childrens library.

I was not rude snd we where not bothering anyone! To me it was a racial thing and she was not acting like helpful person in the children's library. I found it very rude and a uneducated act, from the female person.

wendy m


Great library, fun to visit and great source of information. People are very nice and helpful.Can't beat this library even their book sales are wonderful.

Gerald G


The children's section at the Dr Martin Luther King Library is an excellent place to take your child. There are so many activities for kids to do. Homework Club is 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for grades one through eight. There are generally dozens of San Jose State students that do an excellent job tutoring. I highly recommend that children be helped by other students as I believe they learn more then studying on their own. Once a month, they have movie night on Friday nights in the children's section of the Martin Luther King Library. Some words of caution, most children get absorbed by video games that you're allowed to play on the computers.

norvia l


One of the best best library's ever very spacious Very helpful staff they even held the government subsidised housing fare there in 2005 this place kinda puts you in the mind of the movie superman and the fortress of solitude

Farrokh S


Excellent views. Lots of place to work. Huge collection.

Allows public during most of the day

Yun S


Clean, modernized and quiet, one of the great places to read books and work in San Jose. Although sometimes there are many homeless people. There is a bookstore in first floor called ”Friends bookstore”, offering some nice second-hand book sale with good price.

Dennis A


I Iove this library so much. So big with so much to choose from. I like how there's plenty of seating. I truly love how the library has Catster magazine for you to read and enjoy.

Annilori M


This place is a joke. It has become nothing more than San Jose's Homeless Day Shelter. Not one member of the staff could tell me where to find a phone book. A local phone book. They just kept sending me from one floor to another and back again; and, there wasn't a clean place to sit, even if they had one. Food crumbs, smears, and spills on every table and counter. Unidentifiable smears on the seats, some were disgustingly obvious.

It's M


Large central library, multiple floors, academic / downtown setting, helpful classes and activities offered, nice meeting rooms, large study tables, comfortable seating, security guards. I'm not bothered by homeless persons, college students, or even frugal bookworms and children at a library. Imho, a person trying to better themselves their families, find refuge from the heat, and one not too proud to borrow a book is a sign of intelligence and wisdom on their part, and humanity and compassion on the part of those more fortunate to give them the freedom and space to do so. When I was looking for a foreign language discussion group, I discovered there's an outreach program in one of the meeting rooms assisting the homeless. Mark 14:3-9 If we are careful not to bother others with our own fears and weakness, then they will cease to bother us.



Clean, beautiful, spacious library with no signs of homeless as other reviews have stated. I recommend everyone in the downtown SJ area sign up for a free library card.

Drew L


A library is a public place for all. Homelessness is a crisis. Homelessness is unequal; preventing homeless from using a public facility is unequal. Access to information must not be exclusive to people with homes. Students and residents that downgrade the library because of homeless populations are apathetic or too sheltered.

Long Live MLK!

Ryan M


This is a fantastic library overall. My only complaints are that it has inconvenient hours on Sundays and the internet can sometimes be a little spotty. Also, it would be FANTASTIC if they got water bottle filling stations as the current water fountains aren't great at this.

David B


I have seen posts here complaining about the homeless people at MLK library. In all honesty, however, they keep to themselves, and do not smell nor clutter up the common spaces. In fact, the homeless that I have interacted with there tend to be polite, respectful and are genuinely there to use library services such as the computer terminals, dvds, books, newspapers, etc. They are not there just to "shower" in the restroom sinks.

While this branch could definitely benefit the greater community by having later hours, especially on weekends, this is an excellent library to go to-- no matter what you need to get done.

There's fast, free wifi on all 8 floors, plenty of electrical outlets, & plenty of computers with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint; not to mention a state of the art Business Center where any small business owner can use the latest tech and apps to make flyers, websites, invoices and even tax returns, as well as conduct meetings (there's two huge sections full of small meeting rooms, conference tables, white boards, etc on the 3rd floor). Business people can even Skype or Zoom if they need to, using large screen 2017 Mac and Windows desktop computers. And it's all accessible for the price of a library card (free!).



Excellent library. No video streaming. Lack free packing

Alexander V


very quiet. very tranquil. vry calm.

Edmond L


One of the biggest libraries out of all the CSUs. Absolutely modern, filled with thousands of books. Next to an excellent walk on SJSU campus, and a great place to study.



I find it odd that there are complaints about homeless people (among whom veterans and working taxpayers can be counted) being present at the public library. In this we see the complaint isn't really about homelessness (which is a problem I can't see too many people being engrossed in solving) but about having to see uncared for or displaced people in public. So...if you didn't "qualify" for a home for any number of reasons with no political will to eliminate the conditions of the problem withstanding..where exactly would you go, beautiful!? Assuming you did not have a vehicle and you weren't inclined to remain in that cramped, confined space to spare others the knowledge of your existence what would you do during your free hours? And during inclement weather? To stay out of sight is quite hypocritical yet fitting of an ask coming from the loathsome but historically recurrent "Me! Me! Me!" Generation. I think culture and upbringing are the problems here and possibly one else thing more pervasive. In any case, I don't think we'll see substantial changes in homelessness until we see changes in how the homeful population approach issues of family and community relationships. All these people had to be someone else's responsibility at some point in their lives, right? None of us are made to be flawless or infallible but it would seem more than just the homeless people either don't care, didn't try or just gave up out of lack of ingenuity and weakness of character. Sucks to be human, don't it?

Christopher R


I love this place because I go there just to check out some good things I whenever I can find and also it has the books sale store which is the friends of the library bookstore.

Yuri A


there's actually a peaceful library in town, folks. Great selection of sci fi books too!!



It is a great place to study peacefully but I don’t know why it’s always so cold here.

Mayuresh N


Best facility for students and others who want some quiet place to study and work.I love this place

Rich H.



I am a huge fan of public libraries. There's something so special about going to a place where I can sit and read for hours for free. We are so fortunate this and 357 more

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