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Books, audio-visual materials, some archival collections, and most periodical titles are represented in the SFPL Classic Catalog. Other materials are not fully represented in the catalog, so patrons are encouraged to ask a librarian if they have questions about holdings.

  • Digital collections: Books, periodicals, archives, photographs, maps, and more, hosted on multiple partner websites.

  • Biography and subject files: Hundreds of files on San Francisco people and topics. Online guides list folder headings that patrons can request.

  • Paper card indexes, folder lists, and descriptive guides located in the San Francisco History Center. These guides provide access to additional periodicals and paper collections  not represented in the catalog.
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