Last Updated: Mar 01, 2018     Views: 108428

All Are Welcome


All are WelcomeResidents of California may receive a free library card. A San Francisco Public Library card opens the door to a world of information and entertainment. In addition to borrowing books, LPs, and museum passes, your card allows you to download digital media, use electronic databases, take online classes, use library computers, and more. 

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

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