Deaf Services Center History and Photographs

Deaf Services Center 125th Anniversary Exhibit Photo Gallery

The Deaf Services Center History

In 1977, the San Francisco Public Library and the Oakland Public Library jointly initiated services for Deaf and hard of hearing people through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant. When the funding ended, the San Francisco Public Library continued its commitment to develop the Deaf Services Program and collection. Deaf San Francisco Bay Area community members formed an advisory committee with the support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The results of their work are twofold. First, they created their vision of the "Ideal Deaf Library". Second, they assisted with the planning and development of American Culture: the Deaf Perspective, an award-winning video series.

The Communications Center at the Presidio Branch was the first home for Deaf Services. In 1983, it moved to the Old Main Library. In 1990, a series of public meetings was held to help staff and architects to expand and update the original Advisory Committee's vision of the "Ideal Deaf Library". In 1996, Deaf Services moved into the New Main Library where the center represents the culmination of this vision.

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