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Teacher Library Cards

Teacher Library Cards allow teachers to borrow library materials for longer, to request more reserves, and to request multiple copies of the same items. Overdue fines are not charged to Teacher Cards; replacement fees for lost or damaged items are charged. The Teacher Card is not eligible to borrow Links+ or Interlibrary Loan items.

How is a Teacher Card different from other Types of Library Cards?


Adult Library Card 

Teacher Library Card 

Loan Period duration for borrowing an item 21 days (3 weeks) with 3 renewals 42 days (6 weeks) with 3 renewals
Item Limit number of items borrowed 50 100
Hold Item Limit
number of items on hold
20 40
Multiple Holds on same item No Yes, with librarian assistance

Teacher Cards are for material for curriculum support or classroom use only. Teachers may use their personal cards for library materials checked out for personal use. Teacher cards have a duration of one year from the date of the application and may renewed with proof of current teacher status. 

A teacher is anyone currently employed as a teacher, educator, administrator, librarian, childcare provider, or afterschool program provider at a school, childcare facility, or afterschool program in the City and County of San Francisco, or teachers who are residents of San Francisco but teach in districts outside of San Francisco.

How to get a Teacher Library Card:

  • Apply in person at your library;

  • Show valid photograph identification; and

  • Proof of current teacher status in San Francisco, as follows:

    • School or childcare identification; or

    • School or childcare paystub.

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