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San Francisco Public Library

100 Larkin Street at Fulton, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Civic Center)
415 557 4400
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Ranked #99 of 377 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Libraries
Description: This beautiful, impressive modern structure opened in 1996 and contains seven stories of books and exhibits.
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Richmond, CA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

OMG I totally love the kid's center. I took four of my female students to the San Francisco Public Library and they loved it. The space is very kid friendly and they have a large collection of children's books. There is also a small play area, which is quite appealing. If you have kids and you are in the area,... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

It can be tough to find cafes with wifi and adequate seating in SF, so I decided to take my laptop to the library and work there. When I arrived, there was a small group of dancers performing a book-themed choreographed modern dance, and it set a delightful mood. I love this place!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014 via mobile

Went here when we where seeing my kid in the city Nice kid place up stairs Would go back there again

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Having visited many libraries throughout the US (as a hobby) I have seen them all. The San Francisco Public Library has many books in its circulation and a wealth of resources including a business section and a section for the hearing impaired. If you wanted to find a book on a topic I am sure the library would have it.... More

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Canberra, Australia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Was nice to go in and see but not a great tourist destination as you can't borrow the books. The staff were not overly helpful, but it might have just been the ones I spoke to were having a bad day.

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San Francisco
11 reviews 11 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

I love the San Francisco library! It's well kept, has a great and large selection of books and other materials, and I've never had to wait very long for wait listed books. It's right next to the civic center Muni/Bart stop so commute to and from is easy. The only down side is that there are lots of homeless people... More

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Delhi, India
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

I was fortunate enough to be visiting a relative with a library card - I gorged myself on new fiction releases after being 500th or so on the waiting list for the MInneapolis library system. I don't know if this means that San Franciscans don't read enough, but it was wonderful for a visitor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful library, quiet and peaceful, a few homeless people wandering around but nobody bothered us. Nice break from the city noise.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

San Francisco is blessed with a world class library. It is modern, comprehensive and a treat to visit. It has a very open feel, much different from the classic claustrophobic feel of yesterday's library. The system for reserving books online works perfectly.

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San Francisco, CA
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

The design of the building is great, and the collection inside is wonderful. The staff here are very, very helpful, for the most part. As a resident of SF, I love our library system. It's so good.

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