Library Improvements for Tomorrow

Library Improvements for Tomorrow

The Library is embarking on transformative capital projects at the Mission, Chinatown, and Ocean View Branches. In partnership with architects from San Francisco Public Works we aim to turn these libraries into more energy efficient, safe and resilient buildings while maintaining their inherent charm. We plan to incorporate 21st Century library practices, building systems and technology in the capital improvement projects at these neighborhood branch Libraries. This work to improve branch libraries is more than just a building improvement project, it is an opportunity to create spaces for community connection and enhanced learning.

Guiding Principles of these projects are:

21st Century Libraries

Update branches to enable SFPL’s skilled library staff to provide library services to the public now and in the future.

Flexible & Adaptable Building Designs

Create spaces that can easily transform to serve community needs through flexible and adaptable design and furnishings.

Multifunctional Community Meeting Spaces

Incorporate multifunctional community meeting spaces and program rooms into the designs for the Chinatown, Mission, and Ocean View Branches.

Transparency & Ease of Wayfinding

Make visits to the Library easy and straightforward for the public through improved wayfinding signage and design incorporating the design principle of transparency – seeing into and out from our branch libraries and seeing across these community space – when possible.

Preservation of Historic Carnegie Libraries

Preserve the Mission and Chinatown Branches, which are both landmarked Carnegie Libraries.

Chinatown Renovation
Transforming the Chinatown / Him Mark Lai Branch Library into an energy efficient, safe and resilient neighborhood library while maintaining the building’s inherent charm.
Mission Branch Renovation
Picture a Mission Branch Library that respects its historic architecture yet incorporates the vibrancy and culture of the Mission neighborhood.
Ocean View Capital Improvement
Providing the Ocean View community with an energy efficient, safe and resilient neighborhood library.

Branch Capital Projects Feasibility Study (PDF)

This study is an exploration of building planning and library service possibilities for the Chinatown, Mission, and Ocean View Branch libraries.

SF Public Works

Public Works constructs, manages, designs, maintains and repairs San Francisco’s buildings.

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