The SFCP Library

The SFCP Library

The SFCP Library supports the research of faculty, candidates, and community members at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. Library users can access the collection in several ways—by visiting the physical library, browsing our online catalog, using our online resources, or making requests via email and phone.

The library contains over 13,000 items. Some of these resources cover psychotherapy and psychology in general, but the majority relate specifically to the study of psychoanalysis. The Library holds a non-circulating reference journal collection of roughly 160 titles, which contains material related to subject areas within psychoanalysis: child psychiatry, gender studies, and specific theoretical orientations in the field (such as Klein, Bion, and Lacan). Patrons can visit the library in person or receive requested books through mail, and receive journal articles or book chapters through mail or email. A full list of our services is available at our services page.

Journals are some of the most heavily used items in the Center’s collection. In addition to the Library’s long list of reference journals (which can also be found on SFCP’s online catalog), the Library maintains circulation copies of several titles as well: the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, JAPA,Psychoanalytic Quarterly, and the Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. Circulating journals provide members and candidates with the convenience of borrowing a current copy for offsite research use.

SFCP is a member of the Northern California Consortium of Psychological Libraries and the San Francisco Biomedical Library Network. These memberships provide us with free interlibrary loan service, giving SFCP patrons the convenience of accessing material from most of the Bay Area’s psychological libraries for a nominal fee (the SFCP Library charges patrons only $5.00 for this service to cover staff time spent searching area libraries’ catalogs for requested material). SFCP is part of the National Library of Medicine’s Docline service, which enables us to obtain articles that are unavailable through local consortiums via this national service.

New to the Library?

Check out our user guide for a comprehensive overview of what the library has to offer and how to access it. Please feel free to contact the library if you have any questions.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Coalition for Clinical Social Work
Ken Epstein, PhD, LCSW, Gary Grossman, PhD, and Maria Longuemare, MD, PhD (presenters); Clara Kwun, LCSW (moderator)
Saturday, September 30, 2023
Child Colloquium Series
Mary Brady, PhD (presenter); Anne Alvarez, PhD, M.A.C.P (discussant, will join via ZOOM from London); Sharon Tyson, PhD (moderator)
Wednesdays, October 4 to October 25, 2023
Psychoanalytic Student Seminars
Marty Mulkey, MFT (instructor)
Thursdays, October 5 to October 26, 2023
Coalition for Clinical Social Work
Lea Brown, LCSW, and Amy Wallerstein Friedman, LCSW (instructors)
Fridays, October 6, 2023 to April 5, 2024
Extension Education Programs
Celeste Schneider, PhD, Frederick Huang, MD, Adam Blum, PsyD, Peter Goldberg, PhD, Michael Levin, PsyD, Israel Katz, MD, and Ortal Kirson-Trilling, PsyD, FIPA (instructors)
Fridays, October 20, 2023 to June 28, 2024
Extension Education Programs
Jan Chess, PhD, MFT, Graeme Daniels, PhD, Elizabeth Stuart, MD, Tom Wooldridge, PsyD, Gary Grossman, PhD, and Benjamin Morsa, PsyD (instructors)
Saturday, October 28, 2023
Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis
Darian Leader (interviewee); Israel Katz, MD (interviewer); Patricia Marra, MFT (moderator)
Saturday, December 2, 2023
Child Colloquium Series
Kira Steifman, PsyD, and Deborah Weisinger, PsyD (presenters); Yen Quoc, PsyD (moderator)
Monday, December 4, 2023
Scientific Meetings
Mitchell Wilson, MD (presenter)
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