San Francisco Public Library

Library · Civic Center
100 Larkin St (at Grove St), San Francisco, CA 94102, United States
Closed until 10:00 AM (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."(4 Tips)
    Melissa G.
    "4th Floor "Study Area" go to Index Table 1 for the Culinary..."(4 Tips)
    Yosun C.
    "Original Copy of Dante's Divine Comedy (1507 edition) in rare books."(8 Tips)
    Eric C.
    "... higher the floor, the quieter."(4 Tips)
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  • books
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  • study area
  • quiet
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  • café
  • free Wifi
  • architecture
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  • films
  • comedy
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  • Carlos R.

    Horrible wifi!

    Carlos Rohrer · 1 week ago
  • Bommy C.

    Nice space but lots of weirdos hanging around.

    Bommy Cha · September 4
  • 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
  • Lisa

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

    Lisa · March 2
  • 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
  • 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
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    Cristyam Otaviano · January 7, 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
  • 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
  • Brett P.

    Do not use the bathrooms

    Brett Panter · November 25, 2010

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