San Francisco Public Library

News Release - January 27, 2010

MEDIA CONTACT:   Michelle Jeffers, (415) 557-4282

Bernal Heights Branch Library Reopening Celebration, Saturday, Jan. 30


Join Mayor Gavin Newsom, City Librarian Luis Herrera, State Sen. Mark Leno, Supervisor David Campos and other officials for the reopening celebration of the Bernal Heights Branch Library.


1–3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010


500 Cortland Ave. (at Moultrie Street)

Remarks by:

Mayor Gavin Newsom

City Librarian Luis Herrera

Supervisor David Campos

State Senator Mark Leno

San Francisco Public Library Commission President Jewelle Gomez

Donna Bero, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library


Lion dancers from the Jing Mo Athletic Association, Aztec dancers from Danza Xitlalli- Xolotl, entertainment provided by Ralph Carney & Friends, Jackie Jones & Her Tap Dancing Cat and Circus Finelli.


The Bernal Heights Branch is the 13th branch to be completed under the Branch Library Improvement Program, which is funded by a $105.9 million bond measure passed by voters in November 2000. The program is supporting the renovation of16 branch libraries and the construction of eight new library buildings around the City. Project costs for Bernal Heights totaled $5.7 million. A separate fundraising campaign by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library provided new furniture and equipment for the branch.

The thoughtful renovation of the beautiful, WPA-era branch included an extensive refurbishment of the basement, creating a dedicated Children’s Room with access from the neighboring playground. A community meeting room that can accommodate Library classes, programs and after-hours activities, staff rooms and fully accessible public restrooms complete the lower level. Upstairs, the main portion of the library retains its heritage from 1940 with the original hand painted stencils decorating the ceiling and the original ornate hanging light fixtures casting a warm glow throughout the rooms. Woodwork carefully matches the original wood inside the branch. The new Beaux Arts staircase dovetails seamlessly into the building while new flooring fully unites the space. The renovation was designed by the Library Design Studio in the City’s Bureau of Architecture in the Department of Public Works. 


Library services will begin at 2 p.m.

Building better libraries for stronger communities.