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News Release - January 31, 2008

For Immediate Release: January 31, 2008

Contact: Sherri Eng (415) 557-4282

seng@sfpl.org

New Ingleside Branch to Break Ground Feb. 15

Mayor Gavin Newsom, Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval, City Librarian Luis Herrera and community members will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on the site of the new Ingleside Branch Library at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 15.

Located at 1298 Ocean Ave. (at Plymouth), the new single-story, 6,000-square-foot branch will replace the leased space in the former Bank of America building it has occupied since 2001. The new branch is scheduled to open in 2009.

Designed by the architecture team of Fougeron Architecture/Group 4, the branch will be a modern building with defined children's and teen areas and a program room and be able to accommodate a growing collection of books, DVDs and books on tape. It will also have more public computers, free WiFi access to the Internet and provide a variety of seating choices. Located on a prominent corner, the new branch will be an anchor for the revitalization of Ocean Avenue.

The current Ingleside branch will continue to serve the public during construction.

The project has an estimated budget of $6.9 million, including site acquisition. The construction of the new branch is funded by a $106 million bond measure passed by voters in November 2000. Approximately $3.7 million from the California Reading and Literacy Improvement and Public Library Construction and Renovation Bond Act of 2000, administered through the California State Library, will also help pay for the branch construction. The Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP) is the largest building campaign in San Francisco Public Library history calling for 17 branches to be renovated, four leased facilities to be replaced with City-owned buildings, two branches to be replaced with new buildings, and one brand-new branch in Mission Bay.

Friends of the San Francisco Public Library are raising funds from private donations for new furniture, fixtures and equipment for the branch library-expenses not covered by bond monies.

For information on the Ingleside neighborhood campaign, contact christine.leishman@friendssfpl.org.

For more information, please call (415) 557-4277, or visit www.sfpl.org

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