Branch Facilities Plan/Executive Summary

  • Needs assessment
  • Facility condition assessment
  • Design standards
  • Implementation scenarios and funding alternatives

Copies of the Draft Branch Facilities Plan can be obtained at branch libraries or by contacting the Secretary of the Library Commission, Main Library, 6th floor, 100 Larkin Street. For individual Branch Facilities Surveys, see Branch Library Improvement Program.

The San Francisco Public Library retained the services of the Bureau of Architecture to develop a facilities plan for all its branches in anticipation of the implementation of capital improvements to be done under the November 2000 Proposition A, the Branch Library Improvement Program. The facilities plan is a guide intended to educate the team of professionals who will design and implement the construction of capital improvements to the branches on the particular needs and standards of the San Francisco Public Library.

The facilities plan focuses on the following key elements:

The needs assessment effort was completed with the assistance of Dallas Shaffer, a library consultant, who facilitated staff workshops and led the development of a functional program for branch libraries. The Library also sponsored a staff advisory committee who provided ideas, reviewed the program, and was responsible for validating particular sections of the program. The facility condition assessment, performed by the Department of Public Works and its consultants, included data gathered from seismic condition assessment reports developed during the last two decades for all branches. To complement these reports, the Bureau of Architecture conducted a visual survey of each branch and developed preliminary assessment and preliminary recommendations for improvement. The areas covered in the survey included seismic, access, code impacts, condition repairs, modernization and hazardous materials. The Bureau of Architecture developed design standards for new and existing branch libraries. The standards included siting and landscaping, general building design, building envelope, furnishings and equipment, interior finishes, lighting, building systems, accessibility, security, information technology, and signage. The Department of Administrative Services, Real Estate Division, described the site selection process for new City-owned branches and is conducting a search for potential sites that meet the Library's site selection criteria for new library facilities in the Glen Park, Ingleside, Portola and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods. Public outreach meetings in each of these neighborhoods resulted in a list of potential new sites for new City-owned branches. Don Todd and Associates, Inc. (DTA), an independent construction management firm, explored various implementation scenarios and alternate program schedules within the framework and prioritization criteria established in the Branch Library Improvement Program. DTA also confirmed and validated the construction cost estimates used for the Branch Library Improvement Program as adequately sufficient. The San Francisco Public Library provided an historical background for the plan and described its mission and future focus. Library staff analyzed changing trends in City-wide demographics and identified key service themes. Library staff also conducted public outreach, including focus groups, branch surveys and community meetings as well as commenting on additional and alternative sources of funds for projects and partnering opportunities. The information contained in the Branch Facilities Plan is only a preliminary step in developing a final scope of work for construction projects. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive documentation of all existing conditions in any particular site. Therefore, the project teams will need to conduct additional investigations to address individual needs and issues particular to each project. The Branch Facilities Plan sets the goals, objectives, and standards for the renovation of existing branch facilities, and the planning and design of new ones. As such, it is a tool to be used as a living document by designers, Library staff, and library planners to proactively build consensus and a framework for planning and implementing improvements to San Francisco branch libraries.