“Our libraries are thriving because they truly serve the public.

This is the chance in our lifetimes to say ‘I made this happen' and to feel the pride of building a great legacy.”

—Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The Neighborhood Library Campaign


Join Poet Laureate Lawrence Ferlinghetti on the largest building campaign in San Francisco Public Library history!


The historic Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP) is an unprecedented, city-wide project that calls for 16 branch renovations, construction of new buildings at three existing branches, the replacement of four leased facilities with city-owned buildings, and the construction of the brand new Mission Bay Branch.

Funded by a bond measure that passed overwhelmingly in 2000, BLIP funds the building and renovation of our branches, but the bond does not provide funding for furnishings, fixtures and equipment.

Friends’ Neighborhood Library Campaign is filling this gap by raising the funds to equip and furnish our libraries.

The Neighborhood Library Campaign (NLC) is providing much needed furniture, fixtures and equipment for every branch, ensuring that children, teens, adults and seniors all have access to information and programs, a safe community space and the resources to empower 21st century learning.

In a momentous final pitch for the NLC, Friends teamed up with library lover and legendary beat poet, City Lights Bookstore founder and first official San Francisco Poet Laureate, Lawrence Ferlinghetti,  to reach out to supporters in a format never before used by Friends of the San Francisco Library: a phone call.

The NLC has just one more branch in re-construction! The North Beach Branch Library  (Ferlighetti’s personal sanctuary for artistic reflection and inspiration) is slated to open in early 2014.

Make history and DONATE NOW to the Neighborhood Library Campaign.


Help us build better libraries for stronger communities!

For more information on gift opportunities, contact
Scott Staub
Executive Director
415.626.7512 x118
scott.staub@friendssfpl.org

Current renovations and campaigns



North Beach