The Community and the Library

The City of San Francisco prides itself on providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all people. The Library has a long history of championing intellectual freedom and strives to provide services and collections which meet the needs of its users and the general citizenry.

Through the extensive resources of the Main Library, the twenty-seven branches which serve the neighborhoods of San Francisco and a virtual library of e-resources, the San Francisco Public Library serves residents of San Francisco, the Bay Area and beyond. Through the online catalog, the extended resources of academic and public libraries throughout California are available to augment the collections.

San Francisco is comprised of multiple discrete and diverse neighborhoods. In order to meet the needs of a changing population, library collection development managers consider such factors as neighborhood and city wide demographics, as well as projected changes for given neighborhoods.

The Library acknowledges the important role of the community in collection development by inviting suggestions for purchase, monitoring requests, and evaluating the collections on an ongoing basis.

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