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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.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4733
Civic Center
+1 415-557-4400
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

9  Thank Alexander S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 23 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 23 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 7 May 2017

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

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Not as impressive as the OLD library, but very nicely done. A good place to unwind and relax. Clean bathrooms and e decent cafe, too.

Thank Firemat1
Reviewed 3 May 2017

This library is huge and interesting. A LGBT center on the 3rd floor, children on the 2nd floor, magazines on 5 and exhibits on 6. There is security there because a lot of homeless come in but generally harmless. Cafe on lower level and different...More

Thank JLP5855
Reviewed 26 April 2017

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...More

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 14 April 2017

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,...More

Thank Dianne T
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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