The San Francisco Public Library’s Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch will reopen today, after a 20-month closure for seismic retrofitting and other renovations.
In addition to seismic upgrades and various structural improvements, the 48-year-old building now boasts a small expansion, technology upgrades, and more computers. Other additions include new accessible restrooms, a teen area, quiet reading space, and new lights, furniture, shelving and displays.
The library is holding a celebration this afternoon to mark the reopening. Entertainment begins at noon, including a children’s costume parade, lion dancers, an accordionist, a balloon artist and a blessing by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. At 1 p.m., library and elected officials will preside over a grand opening ceremony, and the branch will officially resume library services at 2 p.m.
The 1961 building, located near 16th and Market streets, closed March 1, 2008 for a $5.5 million renovation. The branch is the 12th to undergo major improvements paid for by a 2000 voter-approved bond.
Pond Street between 16th and 17th streets will be closed for several hours during the event.