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Mechanics' Institute

Mechanics' Institute

Library, Movie Theater, and Bookstore
Downtown San Francisco-Union Square, San Francisco
13 Tips and reviews
  • beautiful spiral
  • tours
  • chess club
  • oldest
  • all you can eat
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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
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jan 28
  • Joanne W.
    Joanne WongDecember 20, 2015
    Beautiful spiral staircase.
    Upvoted Jan 28
  • 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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