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San Francisco Public Library – A quiet history

The main library in the city is in the heart of Civic Center. It’s next to the Asian Art Museum and opposite City Hall. The downtown farmer’s market is just around the corner. The events in the library are often overlooked, as if it’s a secret.

As a kid, I went to the main library to do research for school assignments. Sometimes the photo exhibits in the hall would catch my attention but most times I’d sprint past them. Photos of old San Francisco always get my attention. The SF Historical Photo collection is open Tue, Thu and Sat only. You can even order a print of a photo of your choice!

There are exhibits, lectures and workshops for adults and children year round. Analog Mondays in the Children’s Center of the library is an updates STEM program for teens. The Thursdays @ Noon Film series shows a variety of old and new movies.

You can even learn Tai Chi for free on Wednesdays to practice before joining locals in the parks.

Because it’s so close to other must see sites like The Opera House, it’s not out of the way but it is a nice quiet space to relax and learn a little about the history of San Francisco or read a good book.

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100 Larkin Street, San Francisco

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Opening Times

Mon & Sat 10:00 - 18:00, Tue - Thu 09:00 - 20:00, Fri 12:00 - 18:00, Sun 12:00 - 17:00




Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)