San Francisco Public Library Unveils Redesigned Website

San Francisco Public Library Unveils Redesigned Website

Fresh look, easy navigation and accessibility form foundation of site redesign

San Francisco – On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, San Francisco Public Library will enhance accessibility to its programs and collections with the launch of its redesigned website, This update represents the first major revision to the Library’s site since 2010.

“Our website provides the keys to the Library’s treasure trove of resources, and our homepage is the Library’s digital front door,” said City Librarian Michael Lambert. “With the leadership of our Web Services team and the assistance and input of many staff members, the new site improves the user experience and accessibility. We hope that our patrons find the new look to be friendly and more responsive.”

About the Improvements

Visitors to can look forward to greater functionality and accessibility through a modern, graphics-forward interface. The new site preserves many of the previous site’s popular features such as the search bar for the Library catalog at the top of the homepage, toggles to the Spanish and Chinese translations of the site and links to exciting events and programs. The new site makes these favorite tools even more accessible with larger type, images, buttons and icons, to help users navigate the page more easily.

What’s Staying the Same

  • Bibliocommons book catalog
  • Translated pages offered in Chinese and Spanish
  • Links to all Library branch locations and hours
  • Top-of-page highlight of Library closures and other essential announcements
  • Live “Chat with a Librarian” feature

Below is a sampling of two popular features of the current site in the redesigned format.

Event spotlights at the top of’s homepage convey Library’s richness and creativity of programming.

Carousel of just-acquired book covers links to online catalog listing for patrons to locate and put holds on intriguing works.

About San Francisco Public Library:

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. To learn more, please visit and follow on Twitter @SFPublicLibrary and on Instagram @sfpubliclibrary.