Last Updated: Jul 15, 2019     Views: 306437

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

  • People ages 13-18 can show valid ID or have a parent / guardian sign.
  • A parent / guardian must sign for anyone under age 13.
  • San Francisco residents who have a disability or long-term medical condition that prevents you from visiting the Library may use Home Library Services.
  • Educators living or working in SF may apply for a Teacher Card.
  • SFPL also offers Welcome, Digital Access, and Visitor cards for those who don't have a CA ID. Visitor cards cost $10 and are valid for 3 months.

Online Account

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 and more.