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Library · Civic Center
100 Larkin St (at Grove St), San Francisco, CA 94102, United States
Open until 6:00 PM (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)
    Bennett W.
    "Another ultimate study spot"(4 Tips)
    Tom M.
    "The 6th floor history center is where to go."(2 Tips)
    "6th floor history room is a true city treasure."(2 Tips)
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  • books
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  • quiet
  • scenic views
  • free Wifi
  • café
  • architecture
  • outdoor seating
  • films
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  • basement
  • artifacts
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  • Nana
    Loved this place! I didn't know the membership was free. It's so clean and well maintained. Window views are the best unfortunately they're all take by homeless people for a quick nap 👀
    Nana · 2 weeks ago
  • Keith F.
    Watch out for the crazies.
    Keith Flippin · March 18
  • Jim R.
    There's a kids-only bathroom in the kids area that's a little hidden. Perfect for families.
    Jim Ray · March 12
  • Andre B.
    The Lego workshops are great fun for the kids.
    Andre Beaumont · March 6
  • 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 · January 28
  • Renée V.
    Visit the 6th floor for a history of San Francisco
    Renée Vargas · January 24
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ray Q.
    Free public WiFi throughout building best on east sides of upper floors.
    Ray Quirolgico · November 17, 2010
  • 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
  • June L.
    It smells weird.
    June Lin · September 30, 2010
  • Bobby M.
    Avoid the men's room at all cost
    Bobby M · September 4, 2010
  • Library Vixen
    Check out the free standing cardboard cut-out of KISS in the AV center. Read more
    Library Vixen · August 21, 2010
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lloyd F.
    A refuge for a writer......
    Lloyd Francis · January 12, 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
  • 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
  • Cristyam O.
    Cristyam Otaviano · January 7, 2012

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