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100 Larkin St San Francisco, CA 94102
100 Larkin StreetUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94102
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"Coming from New York... I was very impressed with the SF Public Library."
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"Library goers can even reserve a private study room should they need to."
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"I love the main branch of the San Francisco public library."
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Marylin Uber
3 weeks ago
Good Lord! I wish I had a public library like this in California! I wouldn't have known about this place if not for the Sex and the City movie, where Carrie and Big were supposed to get married. It looks even more beautiful in person, inside and out! It's like stepping foot in a museum in Italy or something, with large marble columns, Sisteen Chapel-like ceiling paintings, and golden crown moldings all over. Just a spectacular sight to see.
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Carole Craig
3 months ago
I love the main branch of the San Francisco public library. I love the fact that it is accessible to everyone, that the staff are helpful, that the books shelves are full.... There is a sign in the library in Dublin, Ireland where I frequently live which says "It is easier to get along with no money in a time of libraries, than to get along without libraries in a time of money." Libraries are a gift to everyone, and the main branch in San Francisco is the embodiment of that.
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Clarence Sasser
5 months ago
When your friends are outside enjoying the sunshine and you have to study this really isn't a bad place to spend your day. It's absolutely gorgeous! 3rd floor reading room. Bundle up because it's always freezing, but it helps keep you awake. For some reason it has smelled like dirty feet/vinegar lately, but it's not always like that. Maybe it's the tourists?
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Vina Lund
5 months ago
Pretty cool library! I was here more as a tourist and didn't actually check out any books or anything, but it was neat to walk around and see everything. The building looks interesting and the park in front of it is a nice place to hang out.
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Tu Lam
4 months ago
This library is very big and I love that they have a big area for kids books. One thing I really like is that once you have a library card, you can put books on hold to pick. SF Library has a good online book system so you don't have to go to several places to find a book. If you reserve a book at this branch, you go to one area and look under your last name and find the book. Check out is quick and easy. The other thing they have here that other libraries don't is a display room downstairs. They have themed displayed such as the great quake. The information and pictures were very interesting.
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Jennifer Anderson
5 months ago
Great group studying/discussion on the 2nd floor corridor. Free wifi throughout the library. But if you are camera shy, then head for the reading rooms on the third floor; plenty of tourists stop by the central corridor to sit and pose as if studying/reading or just snap lots of photos. Sometimes with flash since no guards/staff are around this area.
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Junming Guan
6 months ago
I go tot his library when I got to the Civic Center, but my regular branch is the Ortega Branch Library in the Sunset District. The librarians were very friendly, and there was a wide collection of books. I love the returning process and the self-checkout. The 6th Floor history room, was superb. I looked through files and much more. i would recommend this to everyone.
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Senaida Salmon
5 months ago
Beautiful library - I love the architecture and the chandeliers hanging in the main reading room; very large and expansive in which you get grab a table to study and/or do work. Not to mention that this was one of the sites used for 'Ghostwriters!' There is plenty of light from the natural sunlight streaming in from the large windows as well as the additional light from the lamps. They have an extensive collection of books and it's a beautiful place to just stop by if you're in the area.
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