San Francisco Public Library - Main Library

100 Larkin St (at Grove St), San Francisco, CA 94102
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    • 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
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    • 9:00 AM–8:00 PM
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    • Noon–6:00 PM
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    • Noon–5:00 PM
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  • "The homeless people are actually less annoying here vs. other..." (4 tips)
  • "... Lysol wipes... I can focus more on work and less on catching..." (3 tips)
  • "... are only on the lower level and 1st floor." (2 tips)
  • SFGate

    Don't miss the 3rd floor Gay & Lesbian Center, a treasure chest of historic LGBT photos, pulp paperbacks, local artifacts and more. Read more

    SFGate · January 29, 2010
  • Bobby M.

    Avoid the men's room at all cost

    Bobby M. · September 4, 2010
  • The Bold Italic

    The top floor has an outdoor patio, complete with benches and potted flowers. Read more

    The Bold Italic · May 31, 2011
  • SF Weekly

    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2011 Winner – Editorial Pick – BEST CHANCE TO GET DRUNK AT THE LIBRARYThe Friends of SF Public Library's IMBIBE series offer literary thrill-seekers a chance to drink... Read more

    SF Weekly · May 24, 2011
  • Dora

    The Asian Art Museum is just a block away, at 200 Larkin. Admission is always free for kids ages 12 and under. Bop on over after your library visit. Powered by Read more

    Dora · June 30, 2010
  • Igor S.

    WiFi is aweful

    Igor S. · October 18, 2010
  • Laurel H.

    After you check out your books, head to the basement cafe for a quiet lunch.

    Laurel H. · June 19, 2010
  • SFPL L.

    On the 6th Floor, check out the San Francisco History Center, containing a research collection of books, newspapers, magazines, photographs, maps, and more documenting San Francisco life and history.

    SFPL L. · January 11, 2012
  • Melissa D.

    There's a creepy guy on the 5th floor always watching porn on his laptop.

    Melissa D. · December 11, 2011
  • Megan

    If you have a kid with you, DO NOT USE THE 1st FLOOR BATHROOMS. Sorry for shouting but they are scary. There are kid bathrooms in the children's room. Ask the librarian for the key.

    Megan · January 12, 2010
  • DISCO S.

    the library is the first place i hit n every city...

    DISCO S. · January 21, 2011
  • June L.

    It smells weird.

    June L. · September 30, 2010
  • Katie I.

    The higher up in the library you go, the cleaner the bathrooms are likely to be.

    Katie I. · March 24, 2012
  • Independent Lens | PBS

    Did you know that ITVS Community Cinema offers free films every month in the Koret Auditorium, downstairs in the SF Public Library. Check out the listings online & join us at the next screening. Read more

    Independent Lens | PBS · August 22, 2011
  • Eric C.

    The best spots for a long read are in the northwest and southwest rotundas; the higher the floor, the quieter.

    Eric C. · September 30, 2010
  • Lucas V.

    So many homeless people!

    Lucas V. · September 14, 2013
  • Elara B.

    Good Turkey Supreme Sandwiches in the Mint.

    Elara B. · March 30, 2013
  • V

    I bring my Lysol wipes here every time.

    V · February 12, 2013
  • Mister D.

    Despite half of the citys homeless living here during open hours.... I love it

    Mister D. · May 1, 2012
  • Jonathan

    Watch ur step in the gross bathrooms here.

    Jonathan · August 31, 2011
  • Library Vixen

    There are bathrooms on the lower level, the main floor, the 3rd floor , and for children in the children's center (key required). Avoid 1 st floor bath rooms.

    Library Vixen · March 24, 2011
  • Library Vixen

    Check out the free standing cardboard cut-out of KISS in the AV center. Read more

    Library Vixen · August 21, 2010
  • Lloyd F.

    A refuge for a writer......

    Lloyd F. · January 12, 2010
  • Cathryn H.

    We performed in the theatre inside the library.

    Cathryn H. · March 13
  • V

    This is why u should bring your own Lysol wipes... I can focus more on work and less on catching something. :)

    V · February 27, 2013
  • Tim C.

    I'm not loving the snarky comments at the expense of homeless people. If you don't like it, why not move to Los Gatos? Or better yet, do anti-poverty organizing.

    Tim C. · February 25, 2013
  • Tyson Q.

    There are really nice glass study rooms on each floor that significantly reduce sound in and out. Highly recommended to get shit done that requires focus!

    Tyson Q. · January 30, 2013
  • Patrick M. L.

    Really good wifi. Accessible to people that are not from SF. Better than what I had at my hotel.

    Patrick M. L. · April 9, 2012
  • Cristyam O.


    Cristyam O. · January 7, 2012
  • Judy T.

    Did you know that the SF Library has conference rooms? See !

    Judy T. · September 7, 2011
  • Larry C.

    Great SF historical and archive collection in the 6th floor.

    Larry C. · March 21, 2011
  • Ruddha C.

    Imagine a 24 hour library...

    Ruddha C. · March 5, 2011
  • Lesly S.

    Bathrooms are only on the lower level and 1st floor.

    Lesly S. · January 26, 2011
  • Jonathan C.

    Good place to hangout for those who need to save money, eat , and look at exhibits at one place

    Jonathan C. · December 31, 2010
  • Ray Q.

    Free public WiFi throughout building best on east sides of upper floors.

    Ray Q. · November 17, 2010
  • Joe D.

    The man in a dress has a five O'clock shadow and he cheks me out...I shudder in fear...and run away...

    Joe D. · March 8, 2010
  • Rish M.

    Bring purell!

    Rish M. · December 24, 2009
  • Melissa G.

    4th Floor "Study Area" go to Index Table 1 for the Culinary Reference section.

    Melissa G. · August 19, 2009
  • Don J.

    There are better restrooms in the basement by the cafe 😜

    Don J. · January 26
  • Beegan

    The homeless people are actually less annoying here vs. other SF library locations.

    Beegan · October 15, 2013
  • Doug A.

    Incredible architecture!

    Doug A. · August 18, 2013
  • Mohammad Y.

    The worst wifi I've ever experienced! Keeps disconnecting and it gets over the nerves

    Mohammad Y. · August 16, 2013
  • Ron C.

    Quiet cafe in the basement

    Ron C. · July 9, 2013
  • Vernon Q.

    The toilets stink!

    Vernon Q. · June 2, 2013
  • Sangodogbon A.

    Great place for a program

    Sangodogbon A. · March 2, 2013
  • Sangodogbon A.

    Nice place to have a meeting.

    Sangodogbon A. · February 1, 2013
  • Will L.

    Chinese section in the International area on the 3rd floor. 華人部分

    Will L. · January 26, 2013
  • Thee C.

    The library is offering some pretty good jobs classes:

    Thee C. · September 20, 2012
  • eh?

    By far the city's busiest public toilet! It rivals any gas station's hands down.

    eh? · August 23, 2012
  • SFPL L.

    On the 6th Fl through 5/31/12 - Innocents Abroad: the Main Library’s annual humor exhibit explores the book hunting activities of a fervent bibliophile in the first half of the 20th century.

    SFPL L. · April 9, 2012

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