books.jpgThe brand new Visitacion Valley Branch Library is set to open Saturday.

For more than 75 years, the Visitacion Valley neighborhood’s library branch has operated out of leased or temporary spaces, according to library officials. On Saturday, a new permanent 9,000-square-foot branch library will open at 201 Leland Ave. at Rutland Avenue.

The new library, built at a cost of $13.4 million, will house a larger collection of materials including a large Chinese collection. It will include designated space for teens and children, a quiet study room, a hanging public art sculpture and a program room accessible after hours for community meetings.

The library is the 20th project to be completed under the Branch Library Improvement Program, which is funded by a $105.9 million taxpayer-approved bond.

Furniture and equipment for the Vistacion Valley branch will be paid for through a fundraising campaign by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

The library opening will take place at 1 p.m., and will be attended by officials including City Library Luis Herrera, Supervisor Malia Cohen, state Sen. Mark Leno, Department of Public Works Director Edward Reiskin and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library Executive Director Donna Bero.

Sara Gaiser, Bay City News

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