Library Card

How to Apply for a Library Card


During the COVID-19 closure, library applications can be submitted online or by phone. If you have any questions please contact the library at or 415-661-1316 ext. 403.


Circulation privileges are available to current San Francisco Botanical Garden members (SFBG), and current pre-K-12 teachers at San Francisco schools. Find out more about becoming a SFBG member. 

In order to initially obtain borrowing privileges:

  • SFBG 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 SFBG 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.