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San Francisco Public Library

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Address: 100 Larkin Street at Fulton, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone Number: 415 557 4400
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue - Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Description: 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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Good Library - Special Events - and Also Book Sales

For the locals, the San Francisco library is a treasure - lots of good books, etc. to check out and enjoy. They also have e-book collections. I have enjoyed their book sales... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 22, 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Our group secured a great conference room to discuss some great close reads for our poems selected. This group had been taking a course on Modren Poetry. Our leader flew in from Los Angeles to review and discuss some of the poems we were studying. There were three of us who traveled over 120 plus miles to be there.

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

For the locals, the San Francisco library is a treasure - lots of good books, etc. to check out and enjoy. They also have e-book collections. I have enjoyed their book sales they offer. They also offer special events such as author events and more. The main library is close to the City Hall area of San Francisco. There is... More 

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Richmond, CA
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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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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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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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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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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