San Francisco Public Library

Guidelines for Using the Collection

Due to the rare and fragile nature of many of the materials in our collections, we request that patrons observe the following rules:


Please sign the visitor’s register with your name and address as you enter the department. Be sure to have your library card or a photo ID with you as you will need it to use most of the materials in our collections.


Handling of materials

Many items are of a rare nature and are costly or irreplaceable, therefore all materials must be treated with special care. Please help us preserve our special collections for the future.

Requesting materials



Audiovisual materials