Library Card

How to Apply for a Library Card


All applications for a library card must be made in person at the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture. Circulation privileges are available to current San Francisco Botanical Garden Society members (SFBGS), and current pre-K-12 teachers at San Francisco schools. Find out more about becoming a SFBGS member. 

In order to initially obtain borrowing privileges:

  • SFBGS members must show proof of current membership, a photo ID, and complete a library card application.

  • Teachers must show proof of current employment (e.g. placement letter or teacher ID), a photo ID, and complete a library card application.

  • With a library card, you can check out children’s books and parent/teacher resource books.

Circulation Details

  • Patrons must present their current SFBGS membership card or current HCR Library card to check out books.

  • Library cards allow patrons to check out materials from the Children's Collection and Parent/Teacher Collection only; other Library collections do not circulate.

  • Circulation time: 3 weeks

  • Maximum number of books checked out at one time: 10 books

  • Returns: All books must be returned during Library hours, 10am–4pm every day (except Tuesdays); The Library does not have an after-hours books drop; Books are due by 4pm on the date stamped on the due date slip

  • Renewals: One renewal in person that extends the due date for an additional week

  • Overdue items: Overdue notices will be sent when an item is overdue

  • Fines: The Library does not charge fines.

  • Lost or damaged items: Patrons are responsible for all materials checked out on their card. If an item is lost or damaged the Library reserves the right to charge for the cost of repair or replacement, and a replacement fee.

  • If you have any questions about the above policies please contact a Helen Crocker Russell librarian: (415) 661-1316 ext.403 or


1199 9th Ave

San Francisco, CA 94122


Phone: (415) 661-1316

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San Francisco Botanical Garden is a public/private partnership between San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

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