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San Francisco Public Library

Library · Civic Center
100 Larkin St (at Grove St), San Francisco, CA 94102, United States
Closed until Noon (Show more)
  • 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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  • What you need to know
    "I can focus more on work and less on catching something."(5 Tips)
    Melissa G.
    "4th Floor "Study Area" go to Index Table 1 for the Culinary..."(4 Tips)
    SFPL L.
    "San Francisco History Center"(2 Tips)
    "6th floor history room is a true city treasure."(2 Tips)
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  • books
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  • history center
  • study area
  • quiet
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  • free Wifi
  • café
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  • outdoor seating
  • films
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  • Fodor's Travel

    San Francisco City Guides is a volunteer organization run by local residents and sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library. They lead terrific walking tours of various neighborhoods and focuses. Read more

    Fodor's Travel · 2 weeks ago
  • Renée V.

    Visit the 6th floor for a history of San Francisco

    Renée Vargas · 3 weeks ago
  • Tom M.

    The 6th floor history center is where to go. That's where the earliest maps of SF are. You have to turn over your ID and any bags before you can enter this room.

    Tom Maxwell · October 24, 2015
  • Carlos R.

    Horrible wifi!

    Carlos Rohrer · September 28, 2015
  • Bommy C.

    Nice space but lots of weirdos hanging around.

    Bommy Cha · September 4, 2015
  • Tim P.

    Most disgusting bathrooms in the city. Understandable considering the volume. People we need public restrooms. A building devoted to clean restrooms. Oh yeah -- there are books here too.

    Tim Pursell · July 15, 2015
  • Lisa

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

    Lisa · March 2, 2015
  • Ashley M.

    Dirty people everywhere

    Ashley Mowrey · February 11, 2015
  • 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
  • Don J.

    There are better restrooms in the basement by the cafe 😜

    Don J · January 26, 2014
  • Beegan

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

    Beegan · October 15, 2013
  • Lucas V.

    So many homeless people!

    Lucas Vernon · September 14, 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

    The toilets stink!

    Vernon · June 2, 2013
  • Elara B.

    Good Turkey Supreme Sandwiches in the Mint.

    Elara Breckenridge · March 30, 2013
  • Sangodogbon A.

    Great place for a program

    Sangodogbon Akinsoga · March 2, 2013
  • 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
  • V

    I bring my Lysol wipes here every time.

    V · February 12, 2013
  • Sangodogbon A.

    Nice place to have a meeting.

    Sangodogbon Akinsoga · February 1, 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
  • Will 李.

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

    Will 李 · January 26, 2013
  • Thee C.

    The library is offering some pretty good jobs classes:

    Thee Chaparralian · September 20, 2012
  • eh?

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

    eh? · August 23, 2012
  • Mister D.

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

    Mister Drew · May 1, 2012
  • 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
  • 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 Library · April 9, 2012
  • Mat

    6th floor history room is a true city treasure.

    Mat · March 30, 2012
  • Katie I.

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

    Katie I. · March 24, 2012
  • Jacquinn S.

    African-American section 3rd floor

    Jacquinn Scales · March 23, 2012
  • 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
  • Melissa D.

    Beware the smelly homeless people lurking around the corners...

    Melissa Dagdagan · December 11, 2011
  • 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
  • Jacquinn S.

    Pee and boo boo before you arrive cause the men's bathroom is nasty!

    Jacquinn Scales · October 13, 2011
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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