A New Branch Library Opens in San Francisco
The new 9,000-square-foot space has windows that go from the floor to the 15-foot-high ceiling and is one of only two branches to have a living roof, which can be partially seen from inside. It will have twice as many books as the old branch, a space for teenagers already stocked with manga and 25 computers for public use, up from only six before. The history of the Bayview is also a focus, with Afrocentric tiles on the walls and panels outside that show landmarks like Sam Jordan’s bar and the shipyards.
“I think it’s a model of a 21st century library,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. “I think it tries to be a blend of the past, but it speaks to what future generations in that neighborhood want.”
Bayview is the 23rd of 24 libraries that were renovated or rebuilt under a $106 million bond measure passed by voters in 2000. Its budget was originally $11.8 million but ballooned to $13.6 million when the library shifted from awarding the project to the lowest bidder to making an effort to involve more local workers following a community outcry.
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