News Release - February 8, 2008

For Immediate Release: February 8, 2008

Contact: Sherri Eng (415) 557-4282

Eureka Valley Branch Closing for Renovation March 1

The Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library, located at 1 José Sarria Court, will close for renovation on March 1. The branch will host a celebratory closing party at 1 p.m. that day. The Jules Broussard Trio and other local favorites will provide entertainment at this festive event. The community will also be honoring former Library Commissioner Steve Coulter for his years of service to San Francisco's libraries and LGBT community.

Prior to the closing party, starting at 10 a.m., the bookmobile will make a special tour with stops at the Eureka Valley Recreation Center, the Bagdad Café and the Castro Theater. Special guests will perform at each stop.

Highlights of the branch renovation include a small addition, new accessible restrooms, improved public and staff spaces, a designated Teen Area, a quiet reading area, more computers, better lighting, flexible spaces for programs, and new furniture, shelving, and materials displays. The project will cost about $5.4 million and is scheduled for completion in late 2009. The project is being designed by the San Francisco Bureau of Architecture's Library Design Studio and is managed by the Department of Public Works.

The Eureka Valley renovation is part of a major capital improvement project-the largest in San Francisco Public Library history-backed by voters who passed a $106 million bond measure in November 2000. Currently, there are three other branch libraries under construction-Noe Valley (reopening March 8), Richmond and Portola. Ground will be broken on a new Ingleside Branch Library on Feb.15 and the Bernal Heights Branch will close for renovation on Feb. 9. The Branch Library Improvement Program calls for the renovation of 17 branch libraries and the construction of seven new library buildings. So far, the renovated Excelsior, West Portal, Sunset, Marina and Western Addition branches have reopened, and the Glen Park Branch has moved into a new building. The construction of the brand-new Mission Bay Branch, opened on July 8, 2006, was also part of this building campaign.

While the Eureka Valley Branch is under construction, the Library will provide the following temporary services:

  • Effective March 8, bookmobile service on 16th Street, between Pond and Prosper, in front of the branch. Hours of operation: Tuesdays, 3:30-7 p.m. and Saturdays, 1-5 p.m.
  • Weekly storytimes will be held at the Eureka Valley Recreation Center at 100 Collinwood St. Infants and Toddlers Lapsits: Wednesdays at 3 p.m.; Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays at 3:45 p.m.
  • Hold materials not picked up by the branch closing date will be routed to the Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett (at 24th Street). Patrons can designate an alternate pickup location through the Library's Web site, or make the request at the service desk of any branch.

Please call (415) 557-4353 for information on temporary library services during the Eureka Valley Branch's closure; (415) 557-4343 for information on the Bookmobile; or visit the Library's Web site at

History of the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch

The Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library was the second branch established in the San Francisco Public Library system. The first branch building was opened Jan. 2, 1902, and was named the McCreery Branch in honor of Andrew McCreery, who donated the land and paid for the construction of the building. Damaged in the Daly City Earthquake of 1957, this building was demolished and the site used for construction of the present-day building. Designed by the architectural firm of Appleton & Wolford and costing $192,335, the new branch building was opened to the public on Dec. 20, 1961, and was formally dedicated on Jan. 22, 1962.

In 1981 the Library Commission officially changed the name of the branch to Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library to honor the slain Supervisor.

The Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch houses a special collection of Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender (GLBT) materials. The collection includes lesbian fiction, gay men's fiction, books about/for gay teens, nonfiction, periodicals, newspapers and videos.

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