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San Francisco Public Library

100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4733
+1 415-557-4400
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This beautiful, impressive modern structure opened in 1996 and contains seven stories of books and exhibits.
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  • Very good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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Hours Today: 12:00 - 18:00
100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4733
Civic Center
+1 415-557-4400
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was convenient for the inhabitants who are English-speaking people like me to easily book a book. The staff is friendly.

Thank Dugsu S
Reviewed 1 week ago

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!) :)

Thank SFranciscoTraveller
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Snokap2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Ang1370
Reviewed 1 July 2017

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

11  Thank Alexander S
Reviewed 1 July 2017

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!

Thank Pauline K
Reviewed 16 June 2017

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.

Thank HariPSharma
Reviewed 22 May 2017

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.

Thank TranzenArt
Reviewed 22 May 2017

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.

Thank Daniel G
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Great collection and an excellent reading room with easy chairs if you know where to go. Closed on Mondays.

Thank Paul S
Civic Center
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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