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San Francisco Public Library

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Address: 100 Larkin Street at Fulton, San Francisco, CA 94102
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+1 415-557-4400
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12:00 pm - 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
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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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Great place for exploration for people who love libraries.

San Francisco Public Library system has an amazing network of libraries throughout the city. The main branch is located at 100 Larkin St. This is a great place and location for... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 9, 2017
McCall E
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Indiana, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This library is just down the street from where I live, and it's an impressive collection of books and other material. It's got great spaces inside for chilling with a book and plugs if you're working on a laptop. Wish I had more time to just sit there and read!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So I really like libraries and I'm so glad they're still here. I usually use my local branch. I went to your words and to my surprise there's a café in the basement! who knew:)

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

While this library is nice and large, it's not in the best of areas. For me, it's close to work and I can pop in and out and grab what I need. It's multi level so be sure to ask for some help or do some prior research to help locate what you are looking for.

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Thank Ryan P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

One of the most diverse and comprehensive LibRARY's I have been to. Check out the adjunct rooms . Check to see if there is an exposition going on when you plan to visit. Do check out the James Hormel LBGTQ room. Public transportation is definitely recommended! Save the books! and support our LibRARY's

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

A great libary except for all the homeless hanging out and sleeping. It's hard to enjoy a comic book because of the smell

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2017

San Francisco Public Library system has an amazing network of libraries throughout the city. The main branch is located at 100 Larkin St. This is a great place and location for tourists to take a break from being in the Civic Center and from museum hopping. Good resources are available to citizens and tourists alike! This is also a good... More 

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Thank McCall E
San Francisco, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

The cafeteria in the basement has good, if slightly pricey and limited menu, with seating. There are ongoing rotating exhibits on the top floor. Lots of seating in different areas around the library, and there are numerous computer banks.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

It's a beautiful library but there's a lot of homeless people lurking around. It's big and a nice place to explore, lot of things are out because its' popular.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

Whether you want some fiction for pleasure or research to find an exotic subject this comprehensive resource is invaluable!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

I was there recently for a chess meet up and was surprised how good it looked like. A great place to just hand around and read.

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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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