Learning Differences

Hours

Sun
Closed
Mon
10 - 6
Tue
9 - 8
Wed
9 - 8
Thu
9 - 8
Fri
12 - 6
Sat
10 - 6

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San Francisco Public Library supports learning differences by providing resources, support, and programs for adults, teens, and children with dyslexia, attention disorders, processing disorders, autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, and other learning differences- and also their families, friends and professionals.


Collections and Services Available

The Learning Differences resources are now part of The Bridge Collection located on the 5th Floor of the Main Library. The Bridge Collection includes materials that can be used by parents, teachers, tutors, or any individual looking to learn about literacy and learning. A high interest, low reading collection directed towards adult patrons can also be found on the 5th floor, shelved next to The Bridge Collection. Hi-Lo books are used to help struggling and/or reluctant readers strengthen decoding and comprehension skills, build confidence, and spark a love of reading.

  • Books, audio and video cassettes on learning differences for adults, teens and children
  • Magazines and newsletters concerned with learning differences and related topics
  • State-of-the-art assistive devices to provide and enhance library accessibility for people with learning differences
  • Public awareness workshops and lectures featuring experts who address topics of interest on learning differences
  • Programs designed for patrons with learning differences

History

  • San Francisco's Main Library is the first public library in the United States to have services that singularly focus on learning differences
  • The Resource Collection for Learning Differences was established in 1993 with a commitment of support and guidance from the Roberts Foundation and Schwab Learning, a service of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation
  • The Bridge at Main, a literacy and learning center that prioritizes in community learning, adult literacy, youth and family literacy to create a learning environment for 21st century skills, was opened in 2014
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