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This beautiful, impressive modern structure opened in 1996 and contains seven stories of books and exhibits.
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100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4733
Civic Centre
+1 415-557-4400
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

interesting collection, diverse media, be careful in the restrooms because there are a lot of street people

Thank kurtdismas
Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

The building itself is located at Civic Center Plaza , opposite City Hall. It is a modern structure beautiful to look at and full of light inside. Besides its function as library, it also has an important social role

Thank Wanda W. W
Reviewed 24 May 2018

The library is close to the City Hall, which I'd just visited. Its a large building over many floors, connected by stairs and lifts. Lots of spaces for people to study/read/relax, including tables and chairs, with USB ports. Its large windows offered views of the...More

Thank 22Senior_travels
Reviewed 20 May 2018

unsafe not clean. Not recommended! unsafe not clean. Not recommended! unsafe not clean. Not recommended!

Thank sfresident2018
Reviewed 27 February 2018

Beautifully designed library with a lot going on. While we were there the traffic flow in and out was quite heavy, there were several groups of students coming thru on field trips, and there was an organized activity out back passing out clothes to the...More

Thank rduinc
Reviewed 17 February 2018

Extremely important institution, worthy of much support. Lots of special areas and displays. Well-staffed. Unfortunately can be unpleasant with large number of people seeking shelter,

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 28 January 2018

Stop by if you are in the area, beautiful architecture. However it is in a part of the city with many homeless camping out in doorways when the shops are closed, so be careful

Thank TruBritinUSA
Reviewed 3 January 2018

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 22 December 2017

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 18 December 2017

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
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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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