Ingleside Branch Library


San Francisco, California


City of San Francisco

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The new library features an expanded collection of material, a teen room, a children’s area with window seats and a skylight, plus a program room accessible after hours for community meetings. The new 6,100-square-foot branch provides a prominent civic presence on Ocean Avenue, adding to the revitalization of this commercial strip at the nexus of a diverse community. The robust, light-filled, and sustainable architectural design highlights the virtues and aspirations of this community: valuing the accessibility of knowledge and education to everyone. The most striking element of the front façade of the new branch library, positioned prominently at the corner, is an egg-shaped children’s reading room with a large, bench-seat window that encourages the use of the library by younger patrons. The children’s room is capped by a high canopy roof, extending over the entry and the lower community room along Ocean Avenue. The new branch offers more public computers, wireless access, and self-checkout machines and also has a flexible design to accommodate future technologies. The sloped ceiling of the space is capped with giant skylights coaxing sunlight deep into the room.