San Francisco Public Library

Merced Branch Library Reopens May 14

Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282

April 28, 2011

Merced Branch Library Reopens May 14

LibraryBuilt to LEED Silver Environmental Standards

San Francisco Public Library celebrates the reopening of the renovated Merced Branch Library on Saturday, May 14. The library, located at 155 Winston Drive at 19th Avenue, is the 18th branch to open in the Branch Library Improvement Program and was designed and built to meet silver certification standards under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

The grand reopening celebration kicks off at 1 p.m. with Chinese lion dancers and a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Edwin Lee, City Librarian Luis Herrera, State Senators Leland Yee and Mark Leno, Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, Department of Public Works Director Ed Reiskin and other city and state officials.  Library services start at 2 p.m.  Music and children’s entertainment will continue throughout the afternoon.

“We are excited to reopen the doors and return this beloved branch back to its neighborhood. The renovation has transformed this branch into a stylish modern and ‘green’ library,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. “Now, Merced will have a greatly expanded children’s area with easy connection to its beautiful landscaped courtyard plus the kind of updated technology and services that will ensure it remains an important resource for the neighborhood long into the future.”

The remarkable renovation project transforms a mid-century branch library into a model of sustainable construction and modern design.  The Merced Branch Library, originally built in 1957 and opened in 1958, has been seismically strengthened, technologically updated, and made accessible to all library users. The project included a new addition at the front of the building to recoup the space that was needed for disabled access, seismic work and building system upgrades. The renovation was designed by the Bureau of Architecture, Library Design Studio, in the Department of Public Works

“We build and renovate City facilities to the highest achievable standards,” said Department of Public Works Director Ed Reiskin. “In addition to being beautiful, the Merced branch is now seismically sound, functional, green, and modernized to meet the library’s and the community’s needs.”

The renovated branch includes a new, designated teen area plus the children’s area has doubled in size and added new interactive early learning features. Merced also has a new fireside lounge area for reading, more space for books and materials, more public computers, and improved heating and ventilation systems.

Over the past two years, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library has been working in partnership with neighborhood residents and communities to raise funds, awareness and support for the branch improvements. Friends, together with the Merced Library Campaign Committee, will contribute approximately $500,000 towards the branch renovations to pay for furnishings, fixtures and equipment—expenses not covered by the bond. For more information on how to support the Parkside Library Campaign, please contact Mary Abler at (415) 626-7512 ext. 107 or

For more information about the Merced Branch Library’s opening celebration, please call (415) 557-4277, or visit 

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