SAN FRANCISCO MAIN LIBRARY
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Its historicist architecture and granite façade match the city’s older buildings, but the current library was opened in 1996, and its interior is a brilliant blend of traditional (lacewood and sycamore cabinetry) and modern (the steel-and-glass central atrium). Breathe deeply: The painted walls, glued floors, and carpets are built from non-gassing materials, so other than the dust from the books, the air is pure. The Gay & Lesbian Center has a dramatic trompe l’oeil ceiling.

DISTRICT
Downtown
ADDRESS
PHONE
+14155574400
WEBSITE
OPENING TIMES
Mon, Sat 10 am to 6 pm
Tue–Thu 9 am to 8 pm
Fri noon to 6 pm
Sun noon to 5 pm
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
BART to Civic Center / UN Plaza
F, J, K, L, M, N, S, T to Civic Center
Bus 19 to Larkin / Grove
HIGHLIGHT TYPE
Culture center

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