Last Updated: Oct 24, 2016     Views: 630

LINK+ (Link Plus) is a free service that allows Library cardholders to borrow books not available from the San Francisco Public Library.  LINK+ is a cooperative effort among many California & Nevada public and academic libraries.

  • Items usually arrive within 5 days.
  • The loan period is 21 days with one renewal (for an additional 21 days).
  • There is no charge to request or borrow LINK+ materials.
  • Please note: If an item is lost, there is a $115 replacement charge payable to the lending library. Some libraries may accept a replacement copy or list price of the lost item. Contact the Interlibrary Loan Department (415-557-4406) for more information.

How it Works

  • Search the LINK+ catalog and find the title you are not able to find at SFPL.
  • Click "request" then select "San Francisco Public" from the drop down menu and click "submit."
  • Enter your name, library card number, select the pickup location from the drop-down menu, and click "Submit"
  • If the item is available you will see the message "Your request was successful."
  • The Library will notify you when your item is ready for pick up.
  • There is no charge to request or borrow LINK+ materials.

How are LINK+ books checked out?

Just like SFPL books. Check out the LINK+ books at your pickup location when you are notified that they have arrived. They will be held for you up to 10 days.

How are LINK+ books returned?

When you are finished with the book, please return it to a staff person at any San Francisco Public Library service counter. Do not put LINK+ books in the book drop or automated return.

LINK+ Renewals

  • A LINK+ book may only be renewed once for an additional 21 days. You may renew a LINK+ book at any SFPL location or through the Library's website. Link+ materials cannot be renewed via the SFPL automated telephone renewal service. However, materials can be renewed by phone by calling your local SFPL branch.

  • LINK+ materials cannot be renewed any sooner than 72 hours prior to the due date. 

  • Items that are overdue might not be eligible for a renewal.

Further Guidelines

  • Currently, only books can be borrowed through LINK+. Check the Library's online catalog before using LINK+. If SFPL does not own the book, or if all our copies of the book are unavailable, you may request a copy from LINK+ if one is available.
  • You will not be able to initiate a LINK+ request if you have:
    • a Welcome card, Digital Access Card, Teacher Card, or Visitor Card.
    • overdue fines or materials
  • Each LINK+ request or transaction is counted as a HOLD on your library record. You may have a total of 20 holds.
  • The average waiting time for a LINK+ request is four (4) days.
  • You will be notified by U.S. mail, email, or telephone when the book has arrived. Books will be held for ten (10) days; if you do not claim them, they will be returned to the lending library.
  • Please do NOT remove the LINK+ information band from the book at any time.
  • When you are finished please return items to a staff person at any San Francisco Public Library service counter. Do not put LINK+ books in the book drop or automated return.
  • Overdue materials incur fines:
    • Adults: 10 cents a day
    • Seniors: 5 cents a day
    • Children and Teens: no fines
  • For lost LINK+ books, replacement charges are $115 payable to the lending library. Some libraries may accept a replacement copy or list price of the lost item. Contact the Interlibrary Loan Department (415-557-4406) for more information. Borrowers can monitor the status of their LINK+ requests through their online library record.

Questions?

For questions about the LINK+ system, contact the Interlibrary Loan Department at 415-557-4406.

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