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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 - October 2018
    West Portal Monthly   1992 - September 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 November:

Saturday,  11/03/18,  1:00 - 2:00
Mr. Pack Rat Really Wants That
Children's book reading and signing with author Marcus Ewert

Wednesday, 11/07/18, 10:30 - 11:30
A Fool for Poetry: Readings and Workshops with the Poet Laureate

Saturday, 11/10/18,  11:00  - 1:00 and Saturday 11/17/18,  11:00 - 1:00
SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing Workshop

Saturday, 11/10/18,  2:00 - 3:00
Make Your Own Basket
First Person: Honoring Native and Indigenous Cultures

Thursday, 11/15/18, 6:30 - 8:30
Aboriginal Dot Painting -- Turkeys
West Portal Artistry and Craft Club

Tuesday,  11/20/18, 6:30 - 8:00
Film:  What's With Wheat?
Tracing the Causes and Effects of Gluten Intolerance

Tuesday, 11/27/18, 6:30 - 7:30
Native American Healing in the 21st Century
A Film for Native Heritage Month

Upcoming Events

Baby Rhyme Time and Playtime
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 10:30 am
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area
Toddler Tales and Playtime
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 10:30 am
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area
Great T(w)een Book Swap
Friday, November 16, 2018, 3:30 pm
West Portal, West Portal Teen's Area

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Upcoming Classes

Laughter Yoga for All Ages
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6:30 pm
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area
Aboriginal Dot Painting—Turkeys
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 6:30 pm
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area
SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing Workshop
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 11:00 am
West Portal, West Portal Children's Area

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