West Portal Branch Library

Project Info

San Francisco Public Library System
San Francisco, California
Completed in 2007

The West Portal Branch Library was the second branch to be renovated as part of San Francisco Public Library’s Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP), a 2000 bond which called for 19 branches to be renovated. Hacker and Karin Payson Architecture + Design took great care to preserve and restore the architectural beauty and historic character of the library throughout this renovation and addition. Inside the branch, ceiling stencils and woodwork were restored and lighting fixtures consistent with the building’s WPA-era style were installed. Other significant improvements include WiFi internet; ADA accessibility; a new addition with an elevator, staff work rooms and restrooms; a new ground-floor book drop; and seismic upgrades.

Sustainable Design Highlights:
Sustainable Design Highlights:

Creating an environmentally responsible building was essential to the community and the library district. Sustainable upgrades included a new energy efficient HVAC system, energy efficient historical lighting fixtures, and the use of natural light in the right areas to decrease overall energy use. Indoor air quality is vastly improved by the use of toxic-free materials and the removal of asbestos and lead materials. The new flooring is made of linoleum created from renewable, non-toxic materials. The library has created a comprehensive recycling and diversion plan for waste and has integrated the use of green cleaning supplies. The urban site allows patrons to visit the library by foot, bike, bus and rail.