Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects rendering: North Beach Branch Library
In November 2000, the voters passed a bond measure for $106 million to upgrade San Francisco’s branch library system and in November 2007, the voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition D authorizing additional funding to improve the branches.
The new branch library will be located at the corner of Lombard and Columbus (triangle lot) and will be approximately 8,500 square feet on two levels. Highlights include separate adult, children, and teen areas, a program room with afterhours access for community use, an expanded collection of books and materials, more public computers, fully accessible spaces and an environmentally sensitive green building.
Plans for the library and park are the result of input from hundreds of residents who participated in publically held master planning meetings. Since May 2008, the Library and its partner the Recreation and Park Department have held five public meetings regarding the North Beach Branch Library and Joe DiMaggio Playground and both the Library & Recreation and Park Commissions reviewed the location and design of the branch at public hearings and voted unanimously to support moving the library to Columbus Avenue.
The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library are raising funds from private donations to pay for new furniture, fixtures, and equipment for the branch libraries. For more information on the North Beach Campaign, please contact Lucia.Villasana@friendssfpl.org.
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