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San Francisco Public Library

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Address: 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4733
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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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I went to a film festival in the basement here and then went to explore the library itself. It's a great public library and currently has a beautiful and unique Alice in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to a film festival in the basement here and then went to explore the library itself. It's a great public library and currently has a beautiful and unique Alice in Wonderland display on the top floor.

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Thank Jillbertnyc
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This very brightly lit library has so many books and other media for all patrons, whether you're a toddler or an accomplished reader. There are so many specialty sections: children's, teens, fiction, including ethnicity and gender sections. Well staffed by helpful librarians and pages. Plenty of seats and tables with outlets for you to plug in your laptop. Restrooms are... More 

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Thank Jclouie2014
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful building inside and out with exhibits and friendly staff. The only issue is that there are many homeless people in the immediate surroundings. It's not their choice to be homeless, of course, but it makes going in and out rather sad.

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Thank PadoukDesign
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017

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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Thank J K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2017

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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Thank 550MM550
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
San Francisco, California
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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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Thank Alzor S
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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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Thank Janice R

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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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