Services

  • Accessibility Services
    Assistive Technology, Deaf Services Center, Friends for Life, Library for the Blind, and Library On Wheels.
  • Ask a Librarian
    Contact a Librarian with your questions by IM, email, telephone & Live Online Reference, or in person.
  • Borrow a Laptop
    Project to help increase computer resources for use by the public.
  • Borrow Items
    Request & renew Library materials. Get details on notification, borrowing limits, and fines & fees.
  • Citizenship Resources
    Chinese, English, Filipino, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese USCIS naturalization preparation.
  • Exhibitions & Programs
    Administers an active schedule of exhibitions and adult programs.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Got a question? Find the answer & more. You may discover new tips to enrich your Library experience.
  • Get a Library Card
    Find out everything you need to know about getting or replacing your library card.
  • Green Stacks
    Inspiration and information for living a greener life including public events, reading lists & resources for sustainability, and examples from our eco-friendly libraries.
  • Homework Help
    In-person, one-on-one, live, online resources for kids and teens.
  • Internet & Computer: Help / Rules
  • Jobs & Careers Resources
    Practical information on topics such as job-hunting skills, choosing an occupation, education sources and employment agencies.
  • Meeting Rooms
    Get the details on policy & application process for reserving a Library room. View meeting-room details.
  • Mobile
    We’re mobile. Find an optimized version of our Web site that is easier to use from your phone.
  • New SFPL Teen Center
    Under Construction: Opening Late Spring 2015
  • Obituary Search Request
    The San Francisco Main Library provides a free obituary search service for persons whose obituary appeared in San Francisco newspapers.
  • Project Read
    Professionally trained volunteer tutors provide free one-on-one tutoring to English-speaking adults who want to improve their basic reading and writing skills.
  • Reference Materials in the Library
    Get information about accessing Library-use-only reference collections.
  • Reserve Computers
    Get information about the Library’s public computers. Reserve online using your library card & PIN.
  • StoryCorps
    San Francisco recording booth is located on the Sixth Floor of the Main Library, near the Skylight Gallery.
  • Study Rooms
    Private, glass-enclosed study rooms available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign in for study rooms in person at each location.
  • Text Messaging Alerts
    Text message alerts for SFPL users to keep track of what's due, overdue or ready for pickup.
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