Last Updated: Apr 07, 2018 Views: 117029
All Are Welcome
Residents 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.
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• English (PDF)
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• 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 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 them from visiting the Library may apply by mail (PDF).
- 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.
Your library card and PIN are used to access your online account at sflib1.sfpl.org/patroninfo. You may wish to register for a BiblioCommons account as well, and use it to track your checkouts and more.
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