Laptops for Use in the Library

How to Borrow a Laptop Computer at SFPL

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Laptop Program Facts

  • Laptops can be borrowed by SFPL library card holders at all branch locations.
  • Laptops are for in-library use only. They cannot be taken outside the library.
  • Laptop and desktop computers that require an SFPL library card can be used in any combination for a total of two hours daily.
  • Laptops have the ability to print to the branch public print station or multifunctional device.
  • Laptops have the following computer programs:
    • Internet Explorer
    • Office2013 - Word, Excel, PowerPoint
    • Adobe Acrobat

Borrowing Procedures

  • You must have a library card from San Francisco Public Library (excluding restricted or visitor cards) with no outstanding fines of $10.00 or more.
  • You must read, understand and sign (or accept via the Bernal Heights, Eureka Valley, Excelsior and Visitacion Valley laptop checkout kiosk) the San Francisco Public Library Laptop Use Agreement.
  • For children ages 12 and younger the Laptop Use Agreement must be signed by the parent/guardian listed on the child's library card. This must be signed at the Circulation Desk in the presence of a library staff member.

Loan Periods and Use Procedures

  • Laptops can be borrowed for in-library use only.
  • Laptops can be borrowed for up to two hours.
  • If you cannot log in, please bring the laptop to a Library staff member.
  • Return the laptop after your session is over to make it available for the next user.
  • If you are using the laptop at the end of the day it must be returned 15 minutes prior to the library closing.
  • No laptops can be borrowed 30 minutes prior to the library closing.
  • There are no floppy drives or DVD/CD drives on the laptops. You must use a personal USB device to save your work.
  • All files and downloads will be deleted when your session has been completed.
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