Library celebrates renovations

San Francisco Public Library officials are inviting community members to join library staff and city officials this morning at a celebration and unveiling of the newly renovated first floor of the main branch.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. at the main library, located at 100 Larkin St. San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly, city librarian Luis Herrera and others are scheduled to attend the celebration.

The renovation was the first since the library's 2006 opening and upgrades include a larger amount of space for the fiction collection, a new central service point for checking out and returning library materials, two self-return machines and the installation of new self-checkout equipment. In addition, computers stations will now allow patrons to fill out library card applications and pay fines and fees online.

Library officials said more than 2,500 square feet of book storage space has been added to the first floor to enhance the library's ability to house a growing collection of materials.

The $6.1 million, yearlong renovation was the product of recommendations from the 2000 Main Library Post Occupancy report, the library's management team, the city's bureau of architecture and the library's first floor staff.

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