West Portal

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The Library will be closed May 27 for Memorial Day

                                                                                                                       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 - May 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 June:

Tuesday, 6/4/19,  6:30 - 7:30
Broth: Delicious Essence of Nourishment   A Self-Healing Series program
Discover the healing benefits of an ancient superfood..

Thursday, 6/6//19,  6:30 - 8:30
 Coloring for All Ages   People of all ages will be coloring together

Tuesday, 6/11/19,   6:30 - 8:00
The Miracle Club: How Thoughts Become Reality
Laughter Yoga's Pop-Up Book Club discusses a new book about thinking positively.

Wednesday, 6/12/19,  6:30 - 8:00
Rusalka by Antonin Devorak
Opera for the People

Tuesday, 6/18/19,  6:30 - 7:30
The F Word: Fermentation
Self Healing Series with KJ Landis

Thursday, 6/20/19, 6:30 - 8:00
Magazine Strip Silhouettes   Craft On! Adult Crafting
West Portal Artistry and Craft Club

Friday, 6/28/19, 4:00 - 5:00
Easy Origami with Shinta Arifin
A Making & Creative Arts Program from SFPL

Upcoming Events

Homework Help
Sunday, May 26, 2019, 2:00 pm
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area
Baby Rhyme Time and Playtime
Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 10:30 am
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area
Toddler Tales and Playtime
Thursday, May 30, 2019, 10:30 am
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area

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Upcoming Classes

Computer Help for Adults/Seniors
Saturday, May 25, 2019, 2:00 pm
West Portal, West Portal General Floor Area
Computer Help for Adults/Seniors
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 2:00 pm
West Portal, West Portal General Floor Area
Broth: Delicious Essence of Nourishment
Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 6:30 pm
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area

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