Last Updated: Nov 16, 2017     Views: 301

You can use LibraryElf, the 3rd party service SFPL subscribes to on your behalf, to:

  • receive text message alerts* for items due and holds ready for pickup.
  • receive email and/or RSS alerts when and as often as you choose.
  • consolidate the accounts of multiple library cards.  Accounts can be from SFPL and from other library systems which subscribe to Library Elf.
  • use a calendar display to view when your items are due and when holds expire.

*Charges from your text messaging provider may apply.

You can view a real-time demonstration of Library Elf by going to the demo page.

Library Elf


Is the Library Elf service free?

  • Yes. The San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) has subscribed to Library Elf and library users can receive the multiple-cards premium service at no cost. Charges from your text messaging provider may apply.

How do I create a Library Elf account?

  • Visit Library Elf to set up an account with your email address and a password.
  • Add your library card by selecting CA – San Francisco Public Library (subscriber) from the list of libraries and by entering your library card number and PIN.
  • Specify the types of reminder notices you would like to receive, how you would like to receive them (email, RSS and/or text message) and how frequently.
  • Confirm your subscription by clicking the link that Library Elf sent to your registered email.

If I choose text message alerts with Elf, can I turn off my other alerts from SFPL?

  • No. You will still receive notifications directly from SFPL, in the method of your choosing, including: email or telephone notice. In addition, borrowers are still subject to all of the same SFPL card holder procedures and responsibilities.

Important Privacy Notice

Library Elf is a private service not affiliated with the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL). You use Library Elf at your own option and risk. Users of Library Elf are required to submit personal information, including library card barcodes and PINs, to a database unaffiliated with and located outside of the Library. Please read Library Elf's privacy policy and FAQ before deciding to sign up for the service.