Better Hours at the Best Library of the Year

For Immediate Release: January 3, 2019

Media Contact: Mindy Linetzky
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Better Hours at the Best Library of the Year

Library responds to patron input

SAN FRANCISCO,CABeginning Jan. 12, 2019, San Francisco Public Library will increase the open hours at the Main Library and amend hours at several neighborhood branches.

The Main Library will stay open one hour later on Sundays and open one hour earlier on Mondays, adding a total of 2 hours to weekly library services. These changes will allow patrons doing weekend projects for school or work to have longer access to the library, as well as earlier entry on Monday mornings. This is the first increase in open hours at the Main Library since it was built in 1996.

In June of 2017, all San Francisco library locations expanded hours to 7 days a week and with these new changes, SFPL has gone one step further. In addition to extending Sunday service until 6 p.m. at the Main Library, SFPL will also stay open till 6 p.m. on Sundays at the following six neighborhood libraries: Golden Gate Valley, Western Addition, Richmond, Merced, Excelsior and Potrero branch libraries.

The Library Preservation Fund requires that the library perform an assessment of needs at 5-year intervals to determine library hours. The library, in conjunction with the San Francisco Controller’s Office, performed a comprehensive study which included surveys from patrons and library employees and engagement with community members at public hearings in each of the 11 supervisorial districts. After assessing this community feedback, the San Francisco Library Commission voted to adjust library hours at 11 branches and the Main Library.

These changes will increase the community’s ability to use the library. SFPL wants everyone to be able to take advantage of the wonderful resources and materials that are available and free for all.

For a full listing of the new library hours see below or go to

BAYVIEW / BROOKS BURTON1–510–610–810–810–81–610–6
BERNAL HEIGHTS1–510–610–7*1–9*10–61–610–6*
CHINATOWN / LAI1–51–610–910–910–91–610–6
EUREKA VALLEY / MILK1–510–610–910–910–61–610–6
GLEN PARK1–510–610–612–810–71–610–6
GOLDEN GATE VALLEY  1–6*10–610–612–8*12–81–610–6
MAIN LIBRARY  12–6*9–6*9–89–89–812–610–6
The Mix at SFPL12–6*1–61–81–81–81–612–6
MERCED 1–6*10–610–91–910–8*1–610–6
MISSION 1–51–610–910–910–91–610–6
MISSION BAY1–510–610–611–810–61–610–6
NOE VALLEY / BRUNN1–512–610–91–910–61–610–6
NORTH BEACH1–510–6*10–8*1–8*10–61–610–6
OCEAN VIEW1–510–610–612–810–71–610–6
PARKSIDE 1–51–610–912–910–61–610–6
PRESIDIO   1–51–610–911–8*10–61–610–6
RICHMOND / MARKS1–6*1–610–910–910–8*1–610–6
VISITACION VALLEY1–510–610–810–810–81–610–6
WEST PORTAL1–51–610–910–910–91–610–6
WESTERN ADDITION1–6*10–610–61–810–7*1–610–6
SFMOMA Public Knowledge10–510–510–5closed10–910–510–5

* New hours effective Jan. 12, 2019

About San Francisco Public Library (SFPL)

San Francisco Public Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community. The library system is made up of 27 neighborhood branches, the San Francisco Main Library at Civic Center and four bookmobiles.

January 3, 2019