About Us


Contacts, gifts, policies, statistics and more


The Library has a growing collection of blogs, updated often by the librarians you see every day.

Budget Issues and Details

The Library's budget reflects its commitment to serving diverse communities, providing welcoming facilities, and enhancing its capacity

Capital Projects: Building for You

Building stronger neighborhoods by creating spaces that foster community connections, improve staff operations, and meet library users' dynamic needs.


The Library Commission sets policy and is responsible for the library budget for the San Francisco Public Library system.

Confidentiality and the USA PATRIOT ACT

Federal law and the Library's commitment to protecting user privacy and confidentiality

Contact Us

Have a question? Contact us!

Days Closed

Holidays that the library is closed.

Fabulously Fine Free

The Library will clear all outstanding overdue fines from all patron records. No exceptions, no questions. You are fabulously fine free!

Facts & Figures

Quantifiable resources of the Library's collection and usage statistics, budgets, and the Annual Report.

Guidelines For Library Use

Providing users with a safe and pleasant library experience so that all may enjoy its benefits

How to Support the Library

Council of Neighborhood Libraries, Friends of the Library, and more


The doors of San Francisco’s first public library swung open on June 7, 1879.

Human Resources

Library employment information, staff training and development.

Job Openings

Employment Opportunities at SFPL

Library Preservation Fund Renewal

2022 ballot initiative. 

Local Links & SF History

Helpful links to the SF History Center and local SF resources, 311, newspapers, and more.

Photography at the Library


Please Take Our Survey

On-line Customer Satisfaction survey

Press Room

News releases, SFPL in the news and more

Privacy Policy

The Library's commitment to protecting library user privacy and keeping confidential information

Racial Equity Commitment

The Library’s commitment to advancing equity and addressing racial divides

Rules and Procedures

Collection Development Plan, Community Redistribution Program, Internet and Computer Use Rules and more

Statement of Incompatible Activities (PDF)

Volunteer Services

Opportunities for volunteers with different skills, interests, and abilities and we welcome volunteers of all ages. Includes the Main Library and Branches.