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“Confusing, modern architecture...”

San Francisco Public Library
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Ranked #103 of 542 things to do in San Francisco
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Owner description: This beautiful, impressive modern structure opened in 1996 and contains seven stories of books and exhibits.
San Francisco, Ca
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55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Confusing, modern architecture...”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

but light and airy and, wow, a real slice of San Francisco, especially on the weekends. The librarians are very helpful, the resources vast (lots of internet terminals), but it's the cross section of humanity that fascinates.

Visited September 2012
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“So many vagrants, this library looks like a homeless shelter”
Reviewed August 31, 2012

Bathrooms are filled with stinky bums using the sinks as bathtubs and the place is filthy. The stench throughout the place makes it an embarrassment for my wonderful city.

Visited August 2012
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Soquel, California
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17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Study and read”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

I used to study and read here quite a bit in the 80's. Probably different now but it was a classic library then with a great periodical dept.

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San Francisco, California
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great selection!”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

Great selection! They even have a large variety of foreign language books and dvds.

Visited May 2012
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San Francisco, California
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52 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Adventuremaven.blogspot.com plugs SF library”
Reviewed July 15, 2012

Check out the Book Bay (Main near main library or Fort Mason near the Marina) for great deals on books that support the SF library!

Visited July 2012
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