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Potrero Branch Library

The banner photo used in the CLA website is of the remodeled Potrero Branch Library in San Francisco. The Potrero Library is the city’s 22nd branch and serves the Potrero Hill neighborhood, which has received library services since the 1890s. The current branch was built in 1951 and received a major renovation including earthquake safety and accessibility improvements, reopening in 2010. The renovation added one-third more space for library services including an expanded second floor with panoramic downtown San Francisco skyline views, a designated teen area, a community meeting room, a new elevator, stairs and restrooms, technology upgrades, public artwork and a central atrium and skylight. The renovation was designed by the Library Design Studio in San Francisco’s Bureau of Architecture in the Department of Public Works. A centerpiece of the branch library is the sculpture suspended above the library’s main staircase, here and past here by artist Gina Telcocci. The abstract sculpture has many layers of meaning, referencing the unique natural and cultural history of the Potrero Hill neighborhood. CLA thanks the Potrero Branch Library for the use of this picture as our website banner and congratulates the branch on the one-year anniversary of its reopening celebrated on March 6, 2011.

photo credits: Henrik Kam and Bruce Damonte