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Borrowing, Renewing, and Returning

How to Get Library Materials

Students can check out library materials from all open locations. Please see the In Person Access page for more information on open libraries.

Students may also place holds on many library materials (including laptops, Chromebooks, WiFi hotspots, books, course reserves, and Associated Students (AS) Bookloan books) and pick them up at the circulation desk for the library where the hold was placed. use the following instructions to request an item:

  1. Use OneSearch to find the item you would like to check out
  2. In the "Get it" section of the item page, click on the sign-in link and sign in with your RAM ID and password.
  3. Once you're signed in, click on the Request button next to the item you are requesting.
  4. Wait for a confirmation email in your CCSF email account saying that your materials are ready to pick up. It can take about a week.
  5. Pick up your item at the library circulation desk in the library that it was requested.
  6. Chat with a librarian if you need help!

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Returning Books and Calculators

From the Rosenberg (Ocean Campus) Library

Return Library books, course reserves, calculators, and books from the Associated Students Bookloan Programs to the bookdrop at Rosenberg Library on Ocean campus. Check out the bookdrop video tutorial to see where the bookdrop is located. The bookdrop is on the outside of the building and is open 24 hours per day.

If you can't come to a Rosenberg to return items, mail materials to:
City College of San Francisco | Ocean Campus | Rosenberg Library
50 Frida Kahlo Way,
San Francisco, CA 94112.

From the Center Libraries

All books checked out at a Center Library must be returned to that Center. Most center libraries have a bookdrop outside where materials can be returned at any time, except John Adams. John Adams does not have a bookdrop and items must be handed to a library employee during open hours.

Returning Laptops, Chromebooks, Wifi Hotspots, and Physics Kits

From the Rosenberg (Ocean Campus) Library

Laptops, Chromebooks, Wifi Hotspots, and Physics kits should be returned to the CCSF Bookstore. Visit the CCSF Bookstore Hours page for open hours.

From the Center Libraries

Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots checked out at a Center may be returned to the CCSF Bookstore on Ocean Campus or returned to a library employee to the center the item was checked out from during contact-free pickup hours.

CCSF Bookstore TextBook Rentals

Do not return textbooks that you got at the bookstore to the Library. The bookstore may charge you if the books are returned incorrectly. See the Bookstore's Textbook Rental FAQ for more information about returning textbook rentals.

Course Reserves Collection Loan Periods

The Reserve collections contain materials for specific courses. Only currently registered CCSF students may borrow reserve materials.

alert iconCurrently, most course reserves can be checked out for 2 weeks and can be renewed if no one else has requested them.


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 1 semester Can be renewed if enrolled in proceeding semester 50
Faculty 1 semester None, only on a semester basis 50
Community Card Holder 1 semester 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.

Currently, a student ID is not required to check out an item through the contact-free pickup service. You may present an official photo ID such as a driver's license or passport to pickup items that have been requested.

A RAM ID and password are required to make a request for library materials.


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

  • Call a Circulation Desk at a CCSF Library. Please note that the library has limited staffing but voicemails are checked regularly.


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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