San Francisco Public Library

Fines and Fees

Overdue Fines and Library Card Fees
Overdue Fines Daily Maximum
for adults (18-64) $0.10 $5.00
for seniors (65 and over) $0.05 $5.00
for children and young adults (0-17 years) No fines No fines
Library Cards
Library Cards Fee
California residents Free
Visitors from outside California $10.00

If materials are returned past their due date, overdue fines must be paid. You may continue to check out items if your total fines are not more than $10.00 and you do not have any billed items. Fines are not assessed until you renew or return overdue items. Children and young adults (0-17 years) using their own library cards are not charged overdue fines. If you have lost an item, you have the option of paying for it or replacing it. Replacement cost and a non-refundable processing fee of $5.00 will be charged for each item not returned. Billed items must be paid in full. Please see the San Francisco Administrative Code – Public Library Fines & Fees Schedule for details.

MasterCard or Visa is accepted at the Main Library for fines and fees or by logging into your library record. Please report a lost or stolen library card immediately by calling the Main Library at (415) 557-4400, or your neighborhood branch library.

Residents of California with identification may obtain a free library card. Visitors from outside of California may obtain a card for $10. The Visitor Card is valid for 3 months and may be renewed with an additional $10 fee. Find out more about getting a library card.