San Francisco’s Bernal Heights branch library will reopen Saturday after extensive renovations.
The branch has a refurbished basement with a new children’s room, a community meeting room, staff rooms and public restrooms. The main upstairs portion kept intact original hand-painted stencils on the ceiling and light fixtures, but added new flooring and a Beaux Arts staircase.
The $5.7 million project was completed as part of the Branch Library Improvement Program, funded by a $105.9 million bond measure approved by voters in 2000 to renovate 16 branch libraries and build eight new library buildings.
Mayor Gavin Newsom, state Sen. Mark Leno and other officials are expected to attend the reopening ceremony on Saturday afternoon.