books.jpgOf course you know that there are eleven supervisorial districts in San Francisco. All of them contain libraries, which is why SFPL is conducting legally-mandated public hearings at all eleven branches to hear from you on library hours and services.

The passing of Proposition D in November 2007 marked the renewal of the Library Preservation Fund, which requires SF’s Library Commission to “assess and modify as appropriate the hours of operation of the Main and branch libraries at least once every five years.”

The public hearings are key in gauging just what is appropriate for the library’s various branches. This is an opportunity for those in the community to give SFPL feedback on library services and priorities as well as a chance for the Library to unveil future goals and initiatives.

The hearings will gather input on the optimal hours for the branches to be open, as well as what types of services and inventory should be increased, such as non-English-language materials or e-books.

Language interpretation is also offered at the hearings, provided by the Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs, as well as ASL interpretation and closed captioning.

“We want to make sure every voice is heard,” city librarian Luis Herrera said. “We’re only as good as our ability to respond to the community’s needs.”

The first hearing is for District 1 this Thursday, September 13 from 6-8pm at the Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch Library, 351 9th Ave. For a list of all of SFPL’s upcoming hearings, visit their website at or call (415) 557-4277.

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