It was convenient for the inhabitants who are English-speaking people like me to easily book a book. The staff is friendly.
About San Francisco Public Library
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The library is my favorite place to ... think. But not only: here I can read in peace! The public catalog is always updated and, of course, there is always the possibility to know other people (but only in silence!) :)
Lots of free programs and exhibits. Visitors should check the library's newsletter in advance. Interesting surrounding neighborhood that includes City Hall, Asian Art Museum, SF Ballet, Concert Hall, etc, though visitors need be aware of their surroundings and possessions as many salty characters hang out...More
I remembered the library's grand opening in 4/18/1996. Long lines. I also have memories of the original (1917) main library. There were too many rooms and high books shelves, blocking out daylight. Thus, the current library has a more open floor plan by allowing the...More
As once mentioned by Mark Twain: “In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” This is absolutely true about San Francisco Public Library, located in...More
Besides books, cd's and dvd's on loan, you can see many exhibitions, keep your kids amused in the Children's Center, and even hear interesting speakers in the Koret auditorium. Plus the cafe and the bookshop!
Very courteous staff. Wide variety of books, magazines on all subjects. Special section for disabled. Innovative ideas for kids and teens. Very nice layout plan.
While fairly well appointed with books, services and in a nice architected building, it is unfortunate that San Francisco's abundance in homelessness affects this location. In someways it makes a contrasting statement as a slice of life in this city.
SF's main library has amazing historical SF photos & archives. It;s a great place to dig-in during inclement weather, or to catch one of the eclectic & wonderful presentations in its auditorium space.