San Francisco Public Library - Main Library

100 Larkin St (at Grove St), San Francisco, CA 94102, United States
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  • Mon, Sat
    • 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Tue–Thu
    • 9:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Fri
    • Noon–6:00 PM
  • Sun
    • Noon–5:00 PM
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  • 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
  • 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 Library · January 11, 2012
  • 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
  • Laurel H.

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

    Laurel Halbany · June 19, 2010
  • 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
  • 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
  • June L.

    It smells weird.

    June Lin · 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 Castro · September 30, 2010
  • Lucas V.

    So many homeless people!

    Lucas Vernon · September 14, 2013
  • Elara B.

    Good Turkey Supreme Sandwiches in the Mint.

    Elara Breckenridge · 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 Drew · May 1, 2012
  • Judy T.

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

    Judy Tuan · September 7, 2011
  • Jonathan

    Watch ur step in the gross bathrooms here.

    Jonathan · August 31, 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 Francis · January 12, 2010
  • Don J.

    There are better restrooms in the basement by the cafe 😜

    Don J · January 26, 2014
  • 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
  • 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 Quick · 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. Lozeau · April 9, 2012
  • Jacquinn S.

    African-American section 3rd floor

    Jacquinn Scales · March 23, 2012
  • Cristyam O.


    Cristyam Otaviano · January 7, 2012
  • Jacquinn S.

    Great books on 3rd floor in African-American section. Can't check them out though they're only used as reference books. :(

    Jacquinn Scales · November 10, 2011
  • Michael K.

    This place stinks of vagrants, but it has free wifi and allows you to focus and get things done.

    Michael K · April 11, 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 CA · March 5, 2011
  • Lesly S.

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

    Lesly Simmons · 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 Chan · December 31, 2010
  • Ray Q.

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

    Ray Quirolgico · November 17, 2010
  • Rish M.

    Bring purell!

    Rish Mehta · December 24, 2009
  • Melissa G.

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

    Melissa Gordon · August 19, 2009
  • Lisa

    Large library but hate that the restrooms are only on first floor. Doesn't make sense!

    Lisa · 3 weeks ago
  • Ashley M.

    Dirty people everywhere

    Ashley Mowrey · February 11
  • Bennett W.

    Another ultimate study spot

    Bennett Wong · October 23, 2014
  • Tariq A.

    Even if you don't check out any books, just getting a view of the atrium and looking up at the multiple floors is worth it.

    Tariq Ahmad · September 29, 2014
  • Serena P.

    If you want to be quiet and focus, get a study room! Too crowded with weird people sometimes!

    Serena Perfetto · August 21, 2014
  • FunCheap SF

    Do something different today and bring your lunch to the San Francisco Main Library today to watch a screening of "The House on Telegraph Hill." Thur, 7/24, 12p-2pm, free. Read more

    FunCheap SF · July 23, 2014
  • FunCheap SF

    Grab lunch and see the 1950's sci-fi thriller "It Came from Beneath the Sea" playing at the San Francisco Public Library today. Thur, 7/17, 12pm, free. Read more

    FunCheap SF · July 16, 2014
  • Yosun C.

    Original Copy of Dante's Divine Comedy (1507 edition) in rare books. Watch Wordlens fail! XD

    Yosun Chang · April 28, 2014
  • Beegan

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

    Beegan · October 15, 2013
  • Doug A.

    Incredible architecture!

    Doug AH · August 18, 2013
  • Mohammad Y.

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

    Mohammad Youssef · August 16, 2013
  • Ron C.

    Quiet cafe in the basement

    Ron Cohen · July 9, 2013
  • Vernon Q.

    The toilets stink!

    Vernon Q · June 2, 2013
  • Sangodogbon A.

    Great place for a program

    Sangodogbon Akinsoga · March 2, 2013