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San Francisco Public Library

Updated 05/01/2013

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Topped with a swirl like an art-deco nautilus, the library's seven-level, glass atrium fills the building with light. Opened in 1996, the library's new home is a modernized version of the library's former Beaux Arts–style home, now occupied by the Asian Art Museum. Local researchers take advantage of centers dedicated to gay and lesbian, African American, Chinese, and Filipino history, and everyone appreciates the basement-level café, Wi-Fi, and 15-minute Internet-terminal

access. The sixth-floor San Francisco History Center has fun exhibits of city ephemera, including—a treat for fans of noir fiction—novelist Dashiell Hammett's typewriter.

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Sight Information

Address:

100 Larkin St., at Grove St., San Francisco, California, 94102, USA

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Phone:

415-557–4400

Website: sfpl.org

Sight Details:

  • Mon. and Sat. 10–6, Tues.–Thurs. 9–8, Fri. noon–6, Sun. noon–5

Updated 05/01/2013

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