January 23, 2022

Public Libraries: "San Francisco Library Renovations Near End

From a San Francisco Chronicle Article by Jessica Kowng:

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.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.