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Featured Services

Computers & Wi-Fi

All three library facilities offer computers with Microsoft Office and internet access for public use.  Additionally, free Wi-Fi is available in all library facilities. Main Library also offers iPads for checkout for in library use. 

Services for People with Disabilities

The Library provides reserved computer stations with Zoom Text magnification software, Purple Video Relay Service webcams for video calls, Dragon Naturally Speaking voice to text software, and Window-Eyes screen reader.  These stations also have webcams, scanners, and optional enlarged keyboards and mice.

Other services for patrons include staff assistance in reaching library materials, and sign language interpretation or other accommodations for library programs. Accommodations at library programs can be arranged by completing this form. 

Discover & Go

Discover & Go provides free or discounted access to museums and other cultural and educational institutions and attractions, such as the Asian Art Museum, California Academy of Sciences, California Historical Society, and even the Napa Valley Wine Train. As a South San Francisco Library card holder, you have access to numerous museums and cultural institutions throughout the Bay Area. The Discover & Go service is made possible by the Friends of the Library.

The Fine Print:

  • You must have a valid South San Francisco Library card. Your library card number must start with '29048'.
  • You must be at least 16 years old
  • You may not use an e-Card or institutional card
  • You may have up to 2 reservations at a time
  • You may cancel a reservation only if you have not already printed the admission pass
  • The pass is for use only by the person named and only on the date specified. No photocopies are allowed. Valid ID is required


The South San Francisco Public Library offers e-books and e-magazines for Kindles, Nooks, iPads, and other e-book readers and downloadable audiobooks for your MP3 player, iPhone, or PC.

  • Overdrive provides e-books in both EPUB (Nook) and Kindle formats and audiobooks in WMA and MP3 formats. Overdrive Help
  • RB Digital Magazines, the world's largest newsstand, offers full-color digital magazines anytime, anywhere reading on desktops, mobile devices, and apps.
  • California Missions e-Books: Use this link to view the Mission eBooks collection online. eBooks can be viewed online or downloaded with Adobe Reader. Discusses each of the California missions from their founding to the present day such as Spanish colonization in California.
  • EBSCOhost, formerly NetLibrary, contains eBooks on subjects such as business, biographies, history, health and wellness, literature, philosophy and religion as well as a small collections of adult, children's and teen fiction.
  • Safari Tech Books Safari is the premier electronic reference library for programmers and IT professionals. Search electronic versions of a broad range of technical books such as technology, digital media and business books.
  • The Open Library offers over 10,000 e-books in a variety of subjects. They can be downloaded in EPUB (Nook) and PDF formats or viewed online. Download instructions for reading Open Library eBooks on your computer.
  • Enki Library includes a diverse collection of encyclopedias, recovered classics, short stories and self-published materials.

iPads and Laptops for Checkout

Enjoy subscription iPad apps for free at the Main Library! Binge watch your favorite HBO series and movies on HBO Now. Premium app iPads are limited, so ask staff at the front desk to borrow one today! 

Laptops are available to use within the library. All laptops include the Microsoft Office suite and Wi-Fi access.

Library App

Access library resources from your tablet or smartphone! Checkout and download digital items from within the app, use an eCard version of your library card, access all of the library’s digital content providers, and much more - all from your mobile device. Download available for iPhone or Android devices.

New York Times

South San Francisco Library card holders can enjoy complimentary unlimited access to the world’s finest journalism on This service is being provided to library patrons by the California State Library. To register for your free account from within the library, click here while using a library computer or while connected to the SSF Library Wi-Fi. You may also register for your free account remotely from any device and location by clicking here and providing your library card number to register an account. Once you have registered, you will be able to enjoy from any location, on any web enabled device, by just logging into with that same email address and password entered during registration.

Print From Anywhere

You can print from email, from your mobile device, or from your laptop or home desktop, and pick up your prints at the library.

To pick up your document(s) at the Grand Avenue Library, 306 Walnut Ave., click here.

To pick up your document(s) at the Main Library, 840 W. Orange Ave., click here. 

Streaming Video

Streaming TV shows, films, documentaries, educational videos, concerts, telenovelas and more.

Text Messaging Alerts

Stay up-to-date on all your Library account activity!
Sign up for this free service and receive updates on item holds ready to be checked out, overdue notices, and courtesy notices for items that will be due in two days. You can even renew items with a quick text.
Signing up is easy. Text the message SIGNUP to

Please note: Text message notifications are provided by shoutbomb, LLC. While this is a free service offered by the Library, you may incur per-message charges depending on your wireless plan. Please contact your wireless provider for more details.