West Portal

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The Library will be closed Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. 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 - 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

Great T(w)een Book Swap
Friday, January 18, 2019, 3:30 pm
West Portal, West Portal Teen's Area
Homework Help
Sunday, January 20, 2019, 2:00 pm
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area
Baby Rhyme Time and Playtime
Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 10:30 am
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area

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Upcoming Classes

Computer Help for Adults/Seniors
Saturday, January 19, 2019, 2:00 pm
West Portal, West Portal General Floor Area
Great Books Discussion Group of West Portal
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 6:30 pm
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area
Computer Help for Adults/Seniors
Saturday, January 26, 2019, 2:00 pm
West Portal, West Portal General Floor Area

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