Last Updated: May 23, 2018     Views: 28620

A Library card is issued when the following ID is presented in-person:

  • Valid California ID with current residence address
  • Valid San Francisco City ID with current residence address
  • Valid Consular ID card with current residence address

OR, any item from EACH of the following two lists:

1. Name Verification - Current Photo ID:

  • Passport
  • Green Card
  • Military ID
  • School-issued Student ID
  • Employee ID Card
  • Out-of-state Driver's License
  • Credit Card with Photograph
  • Treasure Island ID

2. Address Verification (must include name and California residential address. Current utility bill may be presented in paper or on a digital device):

  • Mail postmarked within the last 30 days
  • An imprinted bank check or deposit slip
  • Current rent receipt (confirming 30 day occupancy)
  • Current utility bill dated within the last 30 days

Types of Library Card Accounts

Adult  CA resident age 18-64 who meets the ID requirement.
Teen  CA resident age 13-17 who meets the ID requirement OR has a parent/guardian sign the application.
Juvenile  CA resident age 0-12 with application signed by a parent/guardian.
Scholar Card  SFPL’s unique partnership with San Francisco Unified School District to issue a library card to every SFUSD student. 
Senior  CA resident age 65 or older who meets the ID requirement.
Welcome  CA resident who can verify name with an item from list #1 above, has full access to computers and online resources and may borrow one physical item at a time.
Digital Access  CA resident who cannot verify name, has full access to computers and online resources but may not borrow physical items (card is valid for 1 year and may be renewed).
Friends for Life  San Francisco residents with a permanent or long-term disability can apply (PDF) to authorize a caregiver to use your library card on your behalf, or use Books by Mail to borrow and return via the US Postal Service for free.
Visitor  Visitors from outside of CA with a valid photo ID, must provide a temporary San Francisco address and pay a $10 fee (card is valid for 3 months and may be renewed with an additional fee).
Teacher  Teachers who live or work in San Francisco, must show a valid photo ID and proof of current teacher status (card valid for 1 year and may be renewed by showing proof of current teacher status).