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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Teen Digital Center support the Library Strategic Goals?

Yes, the Center will support all five of the strategic priorities identified as Library Strategic Goals:
  1. Literacy and Learning
  2. Digital strategy
  3. Youth engagement
  4. Strategic partnerships
  5. Diversity in programming

What are the purpose and benefits of the Center?

The new Center will prioritize youth literacy and learning, both traditional and technology focused.  It will provide a safe and active learning space for youth in the heart of the City and will work with many other youth serving organizations such as KQED, the California Academy of Sciences, Bay Area Video Coalition and BAYCAT to enhance and expand programs and resources for our City’s youth.

What programs and services will be included in the New SFPL Teen Center?

The Center will include traditional, media and programmatic resources relevant to youth, including resources that support homework, self-directed learning, technology learning, mentoring and partnerships.  It will provide the following programs and services:
  • Collections that reflect and support the varied needs of youth, including informational, educational and recreational interests.
  • Partnerships with city agencies and community based organizations that will expand and enhance the collections.
  • Collaborative programs with other agencies and libraries, including those that provide training through workshops and classes.
  • City wide programs and events for youth that support diversity, literacy and learning, digital and technological literacy and youth engagement.
  • Sound and video studios where classes can be offered and where youth can create their own presentations, enhancing their media skills and becoming creators of media rather than just consumers.
  • Laptop check out and computer areas for youth to access needed technology and build their 21st century technology skills.
  • Quiet reading areas and space for study.
  • Group meeting area with lounge seating and a Carpet Garden lounging and program/presentation space.
  • Maker Space that will offer classes and provide an area for youth to create, tinker or invent.
  • Staff and mentors trained in working with youth and knowledgeable about the Center resources.
  • Programs and class instruction.

Where will the Center be located?

A library staff team and the Board of Advising Youth identified various options within the Main Library and selected the 2nd floor near the Larkin Street entrance as the optimal location.  The Center will be on the South side of the building to the right as you enter through the Larkin Street doors.
Diagram of floorplan

How big will the Center be?

The New SFPL Teen Center will be 4770 square feet.

When will the Teen Media Center be ready and open to the public?

It is anticipated that construction will start in summer of 2014, with an anticipated opening date of late spring of 2015.

The space where the New SFPL Teen Center will go is currently occupied by Project Read and the Library’s Human Resources department.  Where will they go?

Project Read will move into the newly created Learning and Literacy Center on the 5th floor.  This will allow it to work more closely with other library services with shared goals of literacy and learning and to have ready access to additional materials and resources.  Human Resources will move to the 6th floor where they will have more space to provide services to the public and Library staff.

How is the Center being funded?

Initial funding for construction comes from the Library’s budget.  Additional funds will be raised by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.  Private support will be welcome and those interested in the project may contact the Friends at (415) 626-7500.
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