West Portal

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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:
    Westeside Observer   1991 - February 2018
    West Portal Monthly   1992 - February 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 March:

Saturday, 3/10/18 & 3/17/18  2:30 - 4:30
Single Subject Writing Workshop

Tuseday, 3/20/18, 6:30 - 8:00
Buckminister Fuller and the Future 
With Biographer Jonathan Keats

Wednesday, 3/21/18. 6:30 - 8:00
New Year, New Relationship?
Legal, financial, & tax ramifications of gaining or leaving a partner

Upcoming Events

Great T(w)een Book Swap
Friday, March 23, 2018, 3:30 pm
West Portal, West Portal Teen's Area
RPG in the Stacks
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 2:00 pm
West Portal, West Portal Teen's Area
Computer Help for Adults/Seniors
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 2:00 pm
West Portal, West Portal General Floor Area

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Upcoming Classes

Great Books Discussion Group of West Portal
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 6:30 pm
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area
Laughter Yoga for All Ages
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 6:30 pm
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area
Starting and Growing Your Business in San Francisco
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 6:30 pm
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area

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