In a city where the cost of living is rising, the San Francisco Public Library remains a free and open public space.
As Albert Einstein once said, “the only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.”
San Francisco loves its library system. In fact, in the last thirty years, San Francisco residents have voted four times in favor bonds or budget set asides that have kept the library well-funded. In 2018, over six million visitors checked out over 11 milion books, and it is also the first library system to put a social worker on staff.
What are the challenges of keeping a library relevant in a digital world? How is it tackling homelessness? What is the library doing to stay relevant and accessible to all in a city that is increasingly too expensive for many?
Michael Lambert, Acting City Librarian, San Francisco Public Library
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