More than a decade ago, the San Francisco Public Library undertook a monumental, multimillion-dollar effort to renovate or reconstruct nearly every branch library in the city.
The plan was to bring two dozen branches up to building and disability-access standards within 10 years, as well as transform them into 21st century libraries with more community meeting spaces and digital resources.
The project took longer than expected – and cost more as well – but the Branch Library Improvement Program is coming to fruition. Over the next seven months, library workers and their partners at the Department of Public Works will open seven branches, beginning with the Park Branch on Saturday. The effort will leave only the Bayview/Anna E. Waden and North Beach branches in need of repair.
A detailed report focusing on the funding of the project is available here.