Get a Library Card

Information on How to Obtain a Library Card

CA Residents Apply Online (pickup your card at any Library location). San Francisco homebound residents may apply by mail.

Library Card Features

  • Borrow from all SFPL locations
  • Remote access to online resources
  • Free to California residents
  • Privacy protections

Library card accounts expire every 4 years (except for Digital Access, Teacher, and Visitor cards).


  • In person: present either the original card or current identification at any of our libraries or bookmobiles.
  • By telephone: 415-557-4400
  • By email: When emailing, please include your full name, birth date, residence address, phone number, and library card account number.
  • Online with the SFPL Text & Chat service.

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