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Mechanics' Institute

Mechanics' Institute

Library, Movie Theater, and Bookstore
Downtown San Francisco-Union Square, San Francisco
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8.8/10
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  • Ali D.
    "150-year-old boutique library and the longest running chess club."(3 Tips)
    Todd N.
    "Check out the beautiful spiral stairway."(2 Tips)
    Jeremy S.
    "Take the free tour on Wednesday's at noon! Cool old building and looks like..."(2 Tips)
    Patrick K.
    "Oldest west of Mississippi"(3 Tips)
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  • Jeremy S.
    Jeremy SnellFebruary 8, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Take the free tour on Wednesday's at noon! Cool old building and looks like a real library. Cozy leather chairs and polished brass. Very nice staff too. Read more
    Upvoted Feb 4
  • Ali D.
    Ali Dagli2 weeks ago
    How can one go wrong with 150-year-old boutique library and the longest running chess club. Probably my most meaningful membership in the city.
  • Julia S.
    Julia SunJanuary 24
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to read, work and think. A true SF gem. Open 7 days a week, closes at 9 pm Mon - Thurs.
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 15, 2016
    Great public (and free) tour every Wednesday that is an interesting look at SF history.
  • Joanne W.
    Joanne WongDecember 20, 2015
    Beautiful spiral staircase.
  • Parker H.
    Parker HApril 29, 2012
    The oldest library on the West Coast and the oldest chess club in the US. Take the free tour on Wednesdays at noon.
  • Saliem (Mei) C.
    Saliem (Mei) ChiuJanuary 29
    Been here 5+ times
    Great selection of cookbooks and food related items 💕💕
  • Rodney L.
    Rodney LinebargerSeptember 6, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Incredible all you can eat pasta on Tuesdays. Don't miss it.
  • Todd N.
    Todd NilsonNovember 16, 2015
    Check out the beautiful spiral stairway.
  • The Bold Italic
    The Bold ItalicMay 31, 2011
    This library has comfy chairs, movie screenings, lectures with bigwigs, chess and wine tasting events. Read more
  • Saliem (Mei) C.
    Saliem (Mei) ChiuJanuary 20
    Been here 5+ times
    Love their new building and innovation talks 💕💕
  • Patrick K.
    Patrick KitanoJanuary 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Classic chess club on 4th floor. Oldest west of Mississippi
  • Suki K.
    Suki KAugust 24, 2009
    Take the noon tour on a Wednesday.
  • Carlos A.
    Carlos AmbrozakAugust 3, 2009
    Read in peace at the Mechanic's Institute Library.
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