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San Francisco Public Library

100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4733
+1 415-557-4400
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This beautiful, impressive modern structure opened in 1996 and contains seven stories of books and exhibits.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good30%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4733
Civic Center
+1 415-557-4400
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our Library is impressive - check out the kids section - and it is a haven for many seeking shelter. It has an odd entry...

Thank Kerry D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really nice inside except you fight with the computers with homeless. The restrooms on the main floor lobby is being used and abuse by homeless and its bad situations.

Thank Lito J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the library on several occasions for their lectures & exhibits. In addition to an enormous collections of books, the exhibits were covered a variety of topics - from books to music, exhibits of prints, artwork, photos, quilts, you name it! The displays were dedicated...More

Thank ngsab
Reviewed 5 December 2017

The location is good. Nice environment & management. Family Friendly. They also do delivery and take out. always fresh, always reliable.

Thank KoreyLTaylor
Reviewed 3 December 2017

my area library is excelsior and they always have the books I'm interested in, and i like the convenience of renewing online.

Thank Claudia N
Reviewed 2 December 2017

An overlooked gem in the tenderloin. Beautifully cataloged library with lovely architecture, and then wander over to Hastings Law School to pretend you are a student and eat in the cafe. Good value.

Thank Omnivore94127
Reviewed 20 November 2017

In addition to the excellent selection of reading materials; the library has an art gallery, and stages for author talks and performing arts.

Thank 447deborahj
Reviewed 11 November 2017

Is it a arts center? is it a shopping mall? its San Francisco Public Library (cultural center) A great place to actually read and relax, cozy with your computer, take classes, see movies etc...

Thank manuel_sfca
Reviewed 3 October 2017

As expected, this library is well stocked with all sorts of books and entertainment media. And it is easy to get a library card here. On top of all that you would expect at a library, there are opportunities to attend meetings on language practice...More

Thank univmd
Reviewed 3 October 2017

interesting exhibits, terrific collection of books. but be careful using the restroom facilities. there are lots of homeless people in them.

Thank kurt3650
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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