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City Visions: Check out the San Francisco Public Library

Main Branch San Francisco Public Library

In a city where the cost of living is rising, the library remains a free and open public space for all. As Albert Einstein once said, “the only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.”


San Francisco loves its library. 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. 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