Discover & Go Museum Passes LibLab MakerSpace
Tutoring for Adults
Learning Wheels
Wearables for Wellness
Disability Services
Computers & Wi-Fi
Library Directory App
Text Message Alerts
Print From Anywhere
iPads for Checkout

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.

Each Discover & Go pass expires immediately after the reservation date, so no returns required and no possibility for overdue fines! This unique program allows library users to make reservations online by date or by venue and print out a pass. Patrons without Internet access can reserve a pass by telephone or in person and print out a pass at their local library. Click here to try Discover & Go now!

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 eCard 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.

LibLab MakerSpace

A makerspace is simply any space with equipment where people gather to make, learn, and share resources. These spaces encourage collaboration and learning through the availability of a number of tools, computers, and other equipment.
The LibLab seeks to foster STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education at all age levels. We are your partners in learning, and encourage you to develop new skills, and unleash your creativity in this hands-on environment. Learn what equipment you can reserve for use in the library.

iPads for Checkout

Enjoy subscription iPad apps for free at the Main Library! Watch movies on Netflix or HBO Now, read New York Times or San Francisco Chronicle articles, and listen to music on Spotify. Premium app iPads are limited, so ask staff at the front desk to borrow one today!

Tutoring for Adults

Need help to improve your reading, spelling, or grammar?  If you're 17 or older, out of high school, and speak and understand English, Project Read can help!  The adult tutoring program matches learners with volunteer tutors for individual instruction to help you meet your specific goals.  Learners with children or gandchilden age 10 and under can also participate in Families for Literacy events such as storytimes, science club, and literacy, food and fitness. Call 829-3871 or email us to get started today!


The South San Francisco Public Library offers ebooks for Kindles, Nooks, iPads, and other ebook readers and downloadable audiobooks for your MP3 player, iPhone, or PC.

  • Overdrive provides ebooks in both EPUB (Nook) and Kindle formats and audiobooks in WMA and MP3 formats. Overdrive Help
  • California Missions eBooks: 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.
  • ENKI is a shared open source eBook Network that allows California libraries to own and store eBooks for access by library patrons. 
  • 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. *Total BooX is being offered on a trial basis.
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    The Open Library offers over 10,000 ebooks 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.

Learning Wheels

Learning Wheels, a program of Project Read, provides services to hard-to-reach neighborhoods in North San Mateo County. Imagine a school on wheels where young children can hear stories, use a state-of-the-art computer, receive free books, and play with interactive educational toys. You’ve just imagined Learning Wheels. Best of all, it is a free service of the libraries of South San Francisco, Daly City, and San Bruno.

In partnership with community organizations, Learning Wheels goes to health care centers, home day care centers, homeless shelters, health care centers, and individual homes. At each visit, families receive free books, hear a story time, and get community information and advice about parental concerns from an credentialed teacher. Call (650) 829-3871 for information on when Learning Wheels will be in your neighborhood.

Wearables for Wellness

Our Self Health Center is located at the main library and includes a collection of wearable fitness and activity trackers that you can check out and use at home. In addition, we have information on a variety of preventive health and wellness topics, a download station where you can view information from your wearable fitness tracker, a smart scale, and a blood pressure monitor. See a list of devices available to patrons.

Disability Services

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.

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.

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. Click here for instructions.

Library Directory App

South San Francisco Library and the Pacific Library Partnership are making a mobile phone application available which provides a searchable directory of libraries in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Santa Clara Counties. Search by name, city, county or distance with your GPS enabled phone. Visit using your phone's internet browser to download the application.

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

Mobile Commands

Text these commands to for updates on your Library account, or to turn certain features on or off. You should receive a response within 60 seconds.

SIGNUP Registers for text messaging service
TEST Tests your connection.
HL Request a list of items currently on hold.
OL Request a list of current overdue items.
COURTESY Toggles 2-day due date warnings on or off. Default setting is on
OVERDUE Toggles overdue warnings on or off. Default setting is on
HOLDS Toggles hold notices on or off. Default setting is on
RESEND Sends last message.
QUIT Cancels text messaging service
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.