Last Updated: Apr 07, 2017     Views: 80


You may place a hold, sometimes referred to as a "reserve", on an item that is owned by the library but is not currently available. Once you have located an item in the catalog, you can place a hold on it and have it sent to your preferred branch to pick up.

Holds are not allowed on items that are "Reference" or for LIBRARY USE ONLY.

If the book you wish to borrow is not currently available at San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), you may still be able to place a hold using LINK+. If you wish to borrow a book that is not available at SFPL or through LINK+, you may place an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request. 

The number of holds you can have depends on the type of library card you have and what type of material you want to borrow. Most card holders (i.e. Adult, Juvenile, Young Adult, Senior, Homebound) can have up to: 20 SFPL and Link+ items on hold at one time. 

The exceptions are for Visitor, Digital Access, Welcome, and Teacher Cards. The chart below shows how many holds each type of library card can have for regular SFPL items, LINK+, Interlibrary Loan, and eResources.

Numbers of holds for different Types of Library Cards


Physical Item Holds/Reserves (SFPL & LINK+)

Interlibrary Loan   (Items Checked Out & Requested) eBook / eAudio Holds/Reserves (OverDrive & Axis 360)
Adult, Juvenile, Young Adult, Senior 20 10 20/platform
Homebound 20 0 20/platform
Teacher 40 (No LINK+) 0 20/platform
Welcome 5 (No LINK+) 0 20/platform
Digital Access 0 0 20/platform
Visitor 20 (No LINK+) 0 20/platform

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