Frequently Asked Questions

Borrowing From the Library
Requesting items, item limits, fines and more
Computer Help & Technology
Using computers and other technology in the Library
Computer Reservation
Reserve the Library’s public computers online with your library card
Connecting to the Wireless Internet Network
Assistance connecting to the wireless network in all libraries
Digital Scanners
Available for reservation regular open hours 7 days a week  -  Magazines & Newspapers Microfilm Room Main Library
Donating to the Library
How to donate money and materials to the San Francisco Public Library
eBooks: Axis 360
Download eBooks onto your smartphones and tablets using the BLIO eBook reader app.
eBooks: OverDrive
Download eBooks onto your portable device, including Kindle, iPhone and Android.
eMedia: hoopla
Access movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks with portable devices including smartphones and tablets as well as conventional computers.
Internet Information and Typewriters
Internet access information, disclaimers and typewriter location
Login Bookmarklet
A one-click tool that will automatically fill in your Library Card number and PIN, and log you in to your Library Record
Multifunctional Printers, Copiers & Scanners (MFDs)
All-in-one devices that photocopy, print & scan
My Check-out History
An optional service that allows you to maintain a history of items you have checked out from SFPL
My List
How to create groups of books and AV materials in the library collection
PIN Information
What your PIN is, what to do if you forget your PIN and how to change your PIN
Preferred Search
Customized notifications about new materials
Costs and instructions about printing in the library and printing from anywhere.
Search the Catalog
Searching the catalog, a glossary of terms, and customizing your search
Suggest a Title FAQ
Request that the Library purchase a book, video or other item
Types of Materials
Types of materials available in the library system
Your Library Record Options
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