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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 - December 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 February:

Saturday,  2/02/19,  11:00 - 12:30
Valentine Cards + Cookies
 A Making & Creative Arts program from SFPL

Tuesday, 2/05/19, 6:30 - 7:30
A Massage Cream for Your Valentine!
A Self Healing Series with KJ Landis

Saturday, 2/09/19,  3:00 - 4:00
Drag Queen Story Hour
& Motown & Disco Family Dance Party

Thursday, 2/21/19,  6:30 - 8:00
Celebrate First Full Moon with Red Envelope Lanterns
West Portal Artistry and Craft Club

Saturday, 2/23/19, 2:00 - 3:30
Reading the Model at West Portal
Come view a segment of the 1938 scale model of San Francisco made by the Works Progress Administration.

Sunday,  2/24/19, 2:00 - 3:00
Make a West Portal Zine!
For school age-kids and up [all ages]

Sunday,  2/24/19, 3:30 - 4:30
Putting West Portal on the Map
The West Portal Library will display three pieces of the SF WPA scale model (representing the West Portal neighborhood and nearby areas) from mid-Februrary through mid-April.

Tuesday, 2/26/19,  6:30 - 8:00
How Healthy Was the Paleolithic Diet?
Archaeologist Suzanne Ubick on Ancient Foodways

Upcoming Events

Baby Rhyme Time and Playtime
Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 10:30 am
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area
West Portal Book Club
Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 11:00 am
West Portal, West Portal General Floor Area
Toddler Tales and Playtime
Thursday, February 21, 2019, 10:30 am
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area

More related events

Upcoming Classes

Laughter Yoga For All Ages
Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 6:30 pm
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area
Celebrate First Full Moon with Red Envelope Lanterns
Thursday, February 21, 2019, 6:30 pm
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area
Computer Help for Adults/Seniors
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 2:00 pm
West Portal, West Portal Courtyard

More related classes

Current Exhibits

3D Model of West Portal Area on Display
Through Monday, March 25, 2019
West Portal, West Portal General Floor Area
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