| Renovations: They're Happening!
Nov 02, 2007
San Francisco libraries are undergoing a renaissance. While the Mission Branch Library was renovated and seismically upgraded back in 1997, other nearby libraries are only recently undergoing significant improvements.
Glen Park Branch Library
In November 2000, San Francisco voters overwhelmingly passed a bond measure for $106 million to upgrade San Francisco’s branch library system. The priorities were to reduce seismic risk, meet modern technological needs and current code requirements, bring branches in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and to provide buildings responsive to current services, yet flexible enough to meet future needs.
The result is that the largest building campaign in San Francisco Public Library history is now in full swing. The Branch Library Improvement Program calls for 17 branches to be renovated, four leased facilities to be replaced with city-owned buildings, two branches to be replaced with new buildings, and one brand-new branch to be constructed.
The first branch to be completed was the Excelsior Branch in July 2005. The Noe Valley Branch closed soon after, in February 2006, and is scheduled to reopen in the spring of 2008. Other nearby branches, including Eureka Valley, Potrero and Bernal Heights are all scheduled to close for construction within the next year. Glen Park Branch, the most recent completed renovation, opened its doors on October 13th, 2007.
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