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San Francisco Public Library

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Address: 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4733
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+1 415-557-4400
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12:00 - 18:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon 10:00 - 18:00
Tue - Thu 09:00 - 20:00
Fri 12:00 - 18:00
Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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This beautiful, impressive modern structure opened in 1996 and contains...

This beautiful, impressive modern structure opened in 1996 and contains seven stories of books and exhibits.

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A Commitment from The City

When other cities were closing and disinvesting in their libraries, San Francisco built a new one. The picture here is not accurate; it's a picture of the Asian Arts Museum... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When other cities were closing and disinvesting in their libraries, San Francisco built a new one. The picture here is not accurate; it's a picture of the Asian Arts Museum which used to be the library. The new library is close by and well-used by everyone. Unfortunately it can at times seem like a homeless shelter, but nevertheless is a... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At turns the Main Library is a tribute to learning, a neighborhood bookstore, a microcosm of the City's social services at work, and one of the best places to read and hang out. Be sure to look at the many exhibits around the huge building, especially the James Hormel (yes, the meat people) LGBT Center and the Early California collection... More 

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Thank Dianne T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The SF Public Library Main Branch is a great public service and destination for voracious readers and researchers of San Francisco history. The building itself was built after the Loma Prieta Earthquake in the late 80s destroyed the historic building. The design pays homage to the old design while also referencing the surrounding government buildings. The children's section is extensive,... More 

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Thank John M
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything a world class Library has to offer. Unfortunately you have to share the tables with the less fortunate who need to use the facilities for a shower. Bathrooms really messy due to individuals trying their best to keep clean after nights of living on the street. Other than that, If you don't mind the stench of your neighbor sleeping... More 

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Thank ram0nvergara
San Francisco
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am always amazed at the range of programming provided by the SF library, at the Main and in the branches. From author lectures to book clubs to cooking classes to art shows, there's something for everyone. The even have a culinary education cart the travels to their neighbor, the Civic Center farmers' market, teaching kids and adults about the... More 

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Thank Galsteph
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The main SF Public Library is quite efficient. I was looking for a title not stored there. They ordered it for me. And I was able to take it home. Reading there is not really an option. The sitting facilities are really not many.. And the sad situation of the homeless in the city creates a rather uncomfortable amosphere as... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have visitd 47 states and a lot of libraries in those states and I can say that San Francisco Public Library is the most beautiful architecturally excepting some Ivy League university libraries, and has the best collection of any library I visited. That is saying a lot.

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Thank Tl D
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The children's library is great, so is the grand entry, you just can't avoid the homeless folks who spend their days in the library to keep warm and dry. They tend to use the bathroom to bathe and organize their belongings. This leads to lack of access. Not to disparage the homeless, it is unfortunate that the bathrooms are not... More 

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Thank worldalmanac
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm a California native born and raised in San Francisco. I can't say enough about this beautiful, historical (built in 1878), six story library...if I still lived in S.F. I'd be in there every day. Beautiful architecture with windows making up the ceiling so you're looking at the sky, amazing plethora of books, maps, city census, California census, newspapers, current,... More 

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Reviewed 17 March 2017

I went to a film festival in the basement here and then went to explore the library itself. It's a great public library and currently has a beautiful and unique Alice in Wonderland display on the top floor.

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Civic Center is the seat of power for all things government and performance-related in the city. Although its streets are best walked during daytime, numerous cultural gems are within close proximity to one another. The symphony, opera, ballet, and jazz center offer year round entertainment within the shadow of the city’s Beaux-Arts crown jewel: the gold tipped dome of City Hall.
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