Excelsior Library History

The Excelsior Branch Library was the 10th branch established in the San Francisco Public Library system. Initially a "library station", the first branch library was installed in rental quarters at 7 Bauer Street. In 1925 the branch was located on Ocean Avenue and later at 4465 Mission Street. The current building at 4400 Mission Street was opened to the public October 1, 1967. The branch was designed by architects Appleton and Wolfard and built for $248,000. The Excelsior Branch was the first to be renovated under the Branch Library Improvement Program and reopened on July 8, 2005.

Renovation Highlights

  • Seismically safe and fully accessible

  • Solar panels installed for energy efficiency

  • Flexible program room with adjacent patio

  • Beautiful acoustical ceiling and light fixtures

  • Maximum use of natural light

  • Facts & Figures (PDF)

  • Photographs

Excelsior Branch, 1961
The old Excelsior Branch at 4465 Mission Street in 1961
Excelsior Branch, 1967
The Excelsior Branch at its 1967 location