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Text Messaging Alerts

The San Francisco Public Library is engaging in a pilot project to enable text message alerts for our library users. The service is not operated by SFPL and we will be evaluating it for effectiveness and user satisfaction. Tell us what you think about Library Elf at SFPL.

Library Elf Library Elf makes it easy to keep track of what's due, overdue or ready for pickup from one or more library accounts. Library Elf is like a personal assistant designed with the busy or avid library user in mind. It is also ideal for families with multiple library cards or individuals who have cards from different library systems because you can consolidate multiple cards into one Library Elf account.

Library Elf

Signup with Library Elf to receive any, or all, of the following types of notices:

*Charges from your text messaging provider may apply.

When you log in to your Library Elf account, you’ll be able to see a calendar display of up to three months of information with the relevant dates for dues, overdues and holds.

FAQs

What is a Text Message?

Text messaging or “texting” refers to brief written messages exchanged on mobile phones.

Is there a demo so that I can see how Library Elf works?

You can view a real-time demonstration of Library Elf by going to the demo page.

Is the Library Elf service free?

Yes. The San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) has subscribed to Library Elf so library users can receive the multiple cards premium service at no cost. Charges from your text messaging provider may apply.

What do I need to sign up for a Library Elf account?

To sign up you’ll need an email address (where your notices will be sent), your library card number and your PIN. Also, you’ll need to specify your cell phone number and carrier if you want to receive text message alerts. Charges from your text messaging provider may apply. You can cancel the Elf services at any time.

How do I create a Library Elf account?

If I choose text message alerts with Elf, can I turn off my other alerts from SFPL?

No. You will still receive notifications directly from SFPL, in the method of your choosing, including: email or telephone notice. In addition, borrowers are still subject to all of the same SFPL card holder procedures and responsibilities.

Important Privacy Notice

Library ELF is a private service not affiliated with the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL). You use Library ELF at your own option and risk. Users of Library ELF are required to submit personal information, including library card barcodes and PINs, to a database unaffiliated with and located outside of the Library. Please read Library ELF's privacy policy and FAQ before deciding to sign up for the service.