Public Knowledge Branch (SFMOMA)

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  • The Public Knowledge Library collection at SFMOMA includes non-circulating books and other materials in English on topics including Art, Civic Engagement, Cities, Cultural Life, Education, and Technology.
  • There is also a small selection of children's and young adult materials on the above topics.
  • Changing displays and installations about Public Knowledge artist projects about urban change in San Francisco and the history of SFPL.
  • Current and recent issues of San Francisco community newspapers and magazines in English, Spanish and Chinese.

National Endowment for the Arts

Public Knowledge is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library. The project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Koret Foundation
Activities in the Koret Education Center, which include the Public Knowledge Branch at the SFMOMA, are generously supported by the Koret Foundation. The Public Knowledge branch is an accessible, free space within SFMOMA.

The Public Knowledge Library is a temporary branch of the San Francisco Public Library housed within SFMOMA. It serves as the main hub for the Public Knowledge project, including installations related to artists’ activities in neighborhood library branches and resources such as books, magazines, and newspapers that address the current changes in San Francisco, as well as the stakes involved in surviving, resisting, adapting, and trying to shape these changes. In a time when providing access to information and opportunities for social engagement, once a key role of public institutions, is being taken over by digital technology, the Public Knowledge Library also includes books and objects from and about public libraries, exploring their historic role and contemporary relevance as places that support individual needs and interests, and foster community spirit.

Materials and displays will change periodically, so be sure to visit often. Although the Public Knowledge Library is a non-circulating branch, you can check out many of the displayed items at the Main Library at 100 Larkin Street. SFPL materials may not be checked out or returned at the Public Knowledge Library.

We invite you to participate in events, share ideas, learn from each other, and develop new approaches to strengthening the fabric of civic life.

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