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Borrowing, Renewing, and Returning

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You need to have a current CCSF photo ID card to borrow materials. Visit Library Cards for information on how to get a CCSF ID card or a community card.

Newly registered noncredit students without a CCSF ID card may be able to get a temporary library card with proof of registration. Please contact the specific center library for more information.

Course Reserves Collection Loan Periods

The Reserve collections contain materials for specific courses. Only currently registered CCSF students may borrow reserve materials. Loan periods vary: 1 hour to 168 hours (7 days) and cannot be renewed. Some materials must only be used in the library. Only 2 reserve items may be checked out at a time. Some materials that are part of a pair, such as a textbook and companion workbook, may be treated as one item for checkout.

Circulating and Browsing Collection Loan Periods

Patron Type Circulation Collection Loan Period Number of Renewals Maximum Number of Items
Student 3 weeks 2 50
Faculty 1 semester None, only on a semester basis 50
Community Card Holder 3 weeks 2 2


Request an item checked out to another borrower

A patron may request that an item to be held for them when returned by another borrower. Look up the item in OneSearch, sign in, and find the request button. Requesting an item will prevent the current borrower from renewing it.

Request an item at another CCSF Center library

The library's inter-center loan service moves most circulating materials between center libraries on request. Reference and reserve materials may not be requested via inter-center loan. To request an item, find the item in OneSearch, sign in, and click on the request button.

  • Circulating materials may be returned at any CCSF library.
  • Reserve materials must be returned to the same library they were checked out from.
  • To return an item, use a CCSF library book drop or give items directly to the circulation staff. When the library is closed, put the material in a CCSF book drop. See the list of book drop locations below:

Book drops for returns

Return Library books and course reserves to the bookdrop at Rosenberg Library on Ocean campus.Th bookdrop is on the outside of the building and is open 24 hours per day. All other Center library locations are currently closed and not accepting book returns.


On the Web

  1. Visit the library account login page.
  2. Select RAM ID Login if you are a CCSF student or employee. Click on Community Card Login if you are a Community Card holder.
  3. Sign in with your login information.
  4. After successfully signing in, you can see a dashboard with an overview of your account.
  5. Click Renew All to renew all loans. Individual items may be renewed by clicking on Renew for each item.

By Telephone

In Person

  • Bring your library card to a Circulation Desk. You do not need to have the item with you to renew it.


Late, lost, and damaged items will result in a fine. For more information about fine amounts and how to pay off fines, visit the library's fines page.

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