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Loan Periods and Fines

Contacting the Circulation Staff

Members may contact the Circulation staff by phone at 415-393-0101 during Library open hours or anytime via email at [email protected].

Outreach Services

Members who are ill or disabled permanently or temporarily, or are caring for an ill or disabled family member or friend may request that books or magazines be mailed to their homes.

Renew Materials

Items may be renewed online, by phone or in person at the Circulation Desk.

Requesting Materials

Materials in the collection may be requested and held for pickup at the Circulation Desk. Members may place holds for items that are checked out or may request that an item on the shelf or in the basement be held for them. Items that are not in the library's collection may be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

View your library account

Members are responsible for all items checked out on their Library cards. No one else may use your library card without your written permission. Overdue, damaged, and lost items will be subject to fines and charges. Your Library account is confidential.

Checkout Periods


Loan Period: 




All Materials

4 weeks


Yes - 1 time

Currently waived

Max Fines and Account Suspension

Maximum overdue fines for any individual item is $15.

Library privileges are suspended when fines and/or fees total $30 or more.