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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 - March 2019
    West Portal Monthly  1992 - February 2019                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

 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 April:

Fridays in April,  3:30 - 5:00
 A Making & Creative Arts program from SFPL

Thursday, 4/18/19, 6:30 - 8:00
Bunny Craft
West Portal Artistry and Craft Club

Saturday, April 20 & 27,  11:00 - 12:30
College Essay Writing Workshop

Thursday, 4/25//19,  6:30 - 8:00
Cedar Sigo Poetry Reading
Muni Art Project

Tuesday, 4/30/19, 6:30 - 8:00
How Big Sugar Manipulates Nutrition Science
Self-Healing Series

Upcoming Events

West Portal Book Club
Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 11:00 am
West Portal, West Portal General Floor Area
Toddler Tales and Playtime
Thursday, March 21, 2019, 10:30 am
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Great T(w)een Book Swap
Friday, March 22, 2019, 3:30 pm
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Upcoming Classes

Laughter Yoga For All Ages
Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 6:30 pm
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area
Shrinky Dink Charms
Thursday, March 21, 2019, 6:30 pm
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Computer Help for Adults/Seniors
Saturday, March 23, 2019, 2:00 pm
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Current Exhibits

3D Model of West Portal Area on Display
Through Sunday, April 28, 2019
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