Saturday, June 18, 2011
Ebooks, Netflix, and Library Building Projects (Part 57: Anza Branch Library, SFPL)
Anza Branch Library reopens after renovation. (San Francisco Chronicle, 6/18/2011)
Excerpt: Built in 1932, the Anza library at 550 37th Ave. stands in the heart of Outer Richmond, whose steep hills offer views of the Pacific Ocean on clear days. The branch is reopening as a seismically strengthened, ADA-accessible building that includes a 922-square-foot expansion.
Several of the building's historic features, such as the stenciled designs on its ceiling, have been restored. Other additions include an elevator, a teen area, a landscaped courtyard and new computers.
"It's a quiet little corner of San Francisco, but it's a well-used library," said Michelle Jeffers, a library spokeswoman.
The renovation was funded by a $105.9 million bond measure passed by city voters in 2000 and $500,000 in private funds raised by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library for furniture, fixtures and equipment. The Anza library is the 19th of 24 branches to undergo construction as part of the capital improvement campaign, known as the Branch Library Improvement Program.