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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 - December 2018/January 2019
    West Portal Monthly   1992 - October 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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

West Portal Events Calendar                  West Portal on Facebook

Coming in January:

Saturday,  01/05/19,  2:00 - 4:00
Winter Wonderland Movie Festival
Film: The Snowball Express

Wednesday, 01/09/19, 6:30 - 8:00
Hope for Chronic Pain
A Self Healing Series program

Saturday, 01/12/19,  10:30 - 11:30
Lion Dancers
Year of the PIg, 4717

Wednesday, 01/16/19,  6:30 - 7:30
Laughter Yoga For All Ages
A Self Healing Series program

Thursday, 01/17/19, 6:30 - 8:00
Valentine's Day card making
West Portal Artistry and Craft Club

Tuesday,  01/22/19, 6:30 - 8:30 
Been Rich All My Life
Film for Black History Month

Saturday, 01/26/19, 3:00 - 4:00
Let's Build a City
LEGO Building Party!

Upcoming Events

Homework Help
Sunday, December 16, 2018, 2:00 pm
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Baby Rhyme Time and Playtime
Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 10:30 am
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West Portal Book Club
Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 11:00 am
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Upcoming Classes

Computer Help for Adults/Seniors
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 2:00 pm
West Portal, West Portal General Floor Area
Great Books Discussion Group Of West Portal
Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 6:30 pm
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area
DIY Christmas Decorations
Thursday, December 20, 2018, 6:30 pm
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area

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