Last Updated: Nov 14, 2017     Views: 76679

All Are Welcome


All are WelcomeA San Francisco Public Library card opens the door to a world of information and entertainment. In addition to borrowing library materials, your card allows you to download digital media, search hundreds of electronic databases, take online classesuse library computers, and more. Library cards are free to residents of California.

Online Application
中文 Chinese
Español Spanish

Paper Application
English (PDF)
中文 Chinese (PDF)
日本語 Japanese (PDF)
Русский Russian (PDF)
Español Spanish (PDF)
Tagalog Filipino (PDF)
Tiếng Việt Vietnamese (PDF)

Fill out an Application

Apply online (or fill out and print the paper application) and then present a valid photo ID in-person at any SFPL location to receive a library card. The Library does not issue library cards online; you must visit in-person

  • People ages 13-17 can show ID or have a parent / guardian sign.
  • A parent / guardian must sign for anyone under age 13.
  • Homebound San Francisco residents may apply by mail.
  • Educators living or working in SF may apply for a Teacher Card.
  • If you don't have a valid ID, you can get a library card; SFPL offers Welcome, Digital Access, and Visitor cards.

Your library card and PIN are used to access your online account: You may wish to register for a BiblioCommons account as well, and use it to track your checkouts.