San Francisco Public Library

Park Library Virtual Tour

Park Library San Francisco Public Library demonstrates its strong commitment to the environment with the reopening of the renovated Park Branch Library on February 26, 2011, the first San Francisco branch library designed and built to Gold Certification standards under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

Among the green features at the Park Branch Library:

Preserved for the future
Most of this building's existing exterior is preserved in this renovation. This extends the structure's lifecycle, conserves resources, reduces waste and the environmental impacts of new building materials while retaining a cultural resource.
A local library
Over 20% of the value of the building products and materials used are sourced locally – extracted, manufactured, and recovered within 500 miles of this library.
Night lights
We avoid using unneeded lights at night to reduce light pollution.

Park Library The Park Branch Library renovation serves as a model of green construction practices, including:

Waste not
We recycled or salvaged at least 95% of the construction waste when building this library.
Breathe easier
The paints, adhesives and sealants in this building contain only low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC), reducing the amount of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, potentially irritating or harmful.
Pollution prevention
We controlled soil erosion, waterway sedimentation and airborne dust generation during construction activities.
  • Transit friendly
  • Taming the temperature
  • Let the sun shine in
  • Pedal Power
  • Climate controls
  • Lighting, temperature and ventilation systems
  • Flourishing flooring
  • Beautiful wooden shelves
  • Room for recycling
  • Clean and green

Transit friendly

MUNI bus

This library is conveniently located near public transportation.

Taming the temperature

Exterior view of building

We use roofing and exterior paving materials that reduce the heat island effect (thermal gradient differences between developed and natural areas). This minimizes our impact on the microclimate and on wildlife habitat.

Let the sun shine in

Interior view of windows

Windows provide natural light and reduce the use of electricity.

Pedal Power

Bicycle parking rack

Bicycle parking encourages library visitors to use environmentally friendly and health conscious modes of transportation.

Climate controls

Air conditioning unit

Zero chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)-based refrigerants are used in the building's heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) systems.

We're in control

Thermostat and temperature controls

The lighting, temperature and ventilation systems can all be controlled within the branch.

Flourishing flooring

View of floor

Made from natural ingredients including flax seeds, sawdust and pine resin, this linoleum comes primarily from renewable resources and is biodegradable.

These beautiful wooden shelves are original to this building

Book shelves

Instead of using new materials, we refinished these durable shelves so that we could continue to use them.

Room for recycling

Recycling bin

An easily accessible area is dedicated for recycling.

Clean and green

Cleaning products

We use environmentally sound products and practices for cleaning this Library.