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You may borrow an item for 21 days. Most items are eligible for up to 3 renewals of an additional 21 days each. See exceptions below, including LINK+ and InterLibrary Loan items.

Auto Renew
Eligible items renew automatically 2 days before the due date. If you select email as your notice preference, the Library will notify you of the new due date.

Renew Online
You can renew materials online by logging in to your library card account:

Renew By Telephone
To renew items by telephone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, call our Telephone Renewal line at (415) 557-4511. See Renew Items by Telephone for detailed information.

Renew In Person
Renew items in person at the Main Library or any neighborhood Branch location.

Why Can’t I Renew?
There are several reasons why an item can't be renewed:

  • Outstanding holds (requests) on the item by other patrons
  • An item checked out to you is 30 days or more overdue
  • Your Library card account has a balance due of $10 or more
  • Your Library card account is expired
  • The item was already renewed as many times as is allowed
  • It’s too soon to renew the item (no renewals sooner than 2 weeks prior to the due date)
  • eBooks, LINK+ or ILL (see below for details).

LINK+ Renewals
LINK+ books may be eligible for one renewal. LINK+ materials cannot be renewed via the SFPL automated telephone renewal service. LINK+ materials cannot be renewed any sooner than 72 hours prior to the due date. Overdue items might not be eligible for a renewal.

InterLibrary Loan Renewals
InterLibrary Loan (ILL) items may be eligible for one renewal. Only ILL staff can renew items; contact the department directly at 415-557-4406. Items that are non-renewable are identified on the information band. Overdue ILL items are not eligible for renewal.