Exciting News: The Herb Caen Magazines and Newspapers Center at the Main Library will be upgrading its digital scanner systems in August 2015!
In order to install this upgrade, the microfilm scanner/reader area will be Closed or Limited Use from August 10, 2015 through August 21, 2015. If you plan to use the microfilm scanner/reader area during August, please call a day in advance to find out whether it is Closed or Limited Use, and what type of microfilm reader is available during Limited Use periods. To contact us, call 415-557-4400 and ask to be transferred to the Magazines and Newspapers Center Reference Desk.
The Herb Caen Magazines and Newspapers Center holds thousands of magazines and newspapers from the past to the present, along with San Francisco City Directories and telephone books from around the country and the world.
Collections and Services Available
- Magazines and Newspapers: Use the Library's catalog to see what issues of a magazine have been received by the Library. Magazine issues older than 20 years may need to be retrieved from storage. Please call to verify.
- Magazine and Newspaper articles: Articles and other resources are provided by SFPL Online.
- San Francisco Bay Area Newspapers by Location
- San Francisco Bay Area Newspapers by Title
- San Francisco Bay Area Newspapers on Microform
- Historical Digital Newspaper Collections
- International newspapers and magazines in the SFPL Catalog
- San Francisco City Directories Online
- City Directories of Alameda County Online
- San Francisco City Directories and Phone Books in Print or Microform
- Obituary Search Request Form (Death Notices)