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                                                                                                                       The West Portal Renovation was completed in February 2007.  Search West Portal Branch Archives on Flickr and take a visual tour of the library's history and renovation.

The  West Portal Branch was established in 1936 and was the 20th branch in the San Francisco Library system.  It opened at its current location on May 8, 1939,  in a new building designed by architect Frederick H. Meyer and constructed by the Works Progress Administration for a cost of $109,090. West Portal Branch was designed in a Mediterranean style with colorful red, ceramic roof tiles. Inside, delicate paintings grace the ceiling beams.  It was the second branch to be renovated through the Branch Library Improvement Program, the November 2000 ballot measure resoundingly passed by the voters of San Francisco.

Languages Available:   English | Chinese-Cantonese


   Wheelchair Accessible          Computers             On-Site Printing         
                                            WiFi WiFi
                                   Teen Services Librarian      

 Ongoing Programs:


Weekly Storytimes:


  • High interest books at adult, teen and children's reading levels
  • Large collections of fiction, nonfiction and reference materials
  • Variety of periodicals and audiovisual materials
  • Large collection of electronic resources
  • Medium collections of Chinese and Russian materials
  • Neighborhood newspaper archive:
    Westside Observer   1991 - April 2019
    West Portal Monthly  1992 - April 2019                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

 Watch this spot for West Portal Staff's monthly recommendations of great reads.   See previous months full list of favorite books.

See also our Great Reads from the past.

West Portal Events Calendar                  West Portal on Facebook

Coming in May:

Thursday, May 2,  10:30 - 11:30
Children's Book Week Storytime
Join us for a special storytime celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Chidren's Book Week.

Saturday, May 4, 11:00 - 4:00

80th Birthday, Open House Party  
 Come Celebrate the 80th Birthday of Our Beautiful WPA Building!            Meet Author-Illustrator Lisa Brown  11:00 - 12:00
Woody Labounty on Local History  12:00 - 1:00
Birthday Party Hats  12:00 - 2:00
Decorate your own birthday hat then join us for cake and celebration beginning at 2:00.p.m.
Open Mic at West Portal's Open House 1:00 - 2:00
Share anecdotes about West Portal Branch or any other library as well as tales of local history.
Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company  3:00 - 4:00
A celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Older Adults Month Film Festival
   Thursday, 5/2/19, 6:30 - 8:00:
Bill Cunningham New York
Documentary about celebrated octogenarian photographer Bill Cunningham
   Thursday, 5/9/19, 6:30 - 8:00:
Age of Champions   Documentary about the National Senior Games
   Saturday, 5/11/19  1:30 - 4:00:
The Trip to Bountiful   A viewing of this Oscar winning film will be followed by a discussion.
   Wednesday, 5/15/19  6:30 - 8:00:
Still Doing It   Explores the lives and sex lives of older women
   Thursday, 5/23/19, 6:30 - 8:00:
Women of 69' Unboxed  Portrait of Boomer women who came of age in the 1960s. They graduated in 1969 and are now experiencing the New Old Age.

Wednesday, 5/8/19  6:30 - 7:30
Tibetan Medicine in America    A Self-Healing Series program
With Yangdron Kalzang, LAc; Mempa

Thursday, 5/16/19,  6:30 - 8:00
Mother's Day Craft  A West Portal Artistry and Craft Club program

Upcoming Events

Toddler Tales and Playtime
Thursday, April 18, 2019, 10:30 am
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area
Friday, April 19, 2019, 3:30 pm
West Portal, West Portal Teen's Area
Great T(w)een Book Swap
Friday, April 19, 2019, 3:30 pm
West Portal, West Portal General Floor Area

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Upcoming Classes

Bunny Craft
Thursday, April 18, 2019, 6:30 pm
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area
College Essay Writing Workshop
Saturday, April 20, 2019, 11:00 am
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area
Computer Help for Adults/Seniors
Saturday, April 20, 2019, 2:00 pm
West Portal, West Portal General Floor Area

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Current Exhibits

3D Model of West Portal Area on Display
Through Sunday, April 28, 2019
West Portal, West Portal General Floor Area
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