San Francisco Public Library

Notification Service

Get Your Overdue and Request Notices by Email, Telephone or Text

  1. On the Library Catalog search screen, click on Log In to Your Record and enter your library card number and PIN.
  2. Click on Modify Personal Information.
  3. Choose how you would prefer to receive your notices from the list: Telephone or Email.

If you choose Telephone, make sure no email address is entered in the Email Address box. If you choose email, enter your email address, and click on the OK button. You may call Borrower Services at 415-557-4363 or send an email to to add or change your email address for electronic notices.

If You are not Receiving Your Email Notices

Your notices may be blocked. Please note that spam-filtering software may block these messages. To ensure that Library notices arrive in your email, please configure your spam filter to receive messages from the following email address:

Try Text Message Notices

San Francisco Public Library is trying out a service that sends text message alerts for overdue and requested items. Learn more about the Library Elf service.
Users who sign up for text message alerts will continue to also receive notifications by email or telephone. 

SFPL Saves Paper and Printing Expenses

As of July 1, 2011, San Francisco Public Library will begin phasing out the printed notices that are mailed through the U.S. Postal Service. If you have questions, please contact 415-557-4400 or your local branch library.