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 Luis Herrera (1952-)


Recently retired as director of the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), Luis Herrera has been a librarian for more than 40 years. Prior to joining SFPL in 2005, Herrera was director of information services for Pasadena Public Library and deputy director of San Diego and Long Beach public libraries. He is past president of the California Library Association (1993), the Public Library Association (2003/04), and REFORMA (1982/83). He was also a founding board member of the Digital Public Library of America. In 2012, Herrera was appointed to the Institute of Museum and Library Services board by president Barack Obama. Under Herrera’s leadership, SFPL was the first public library to provide full-time social worker services and was one of the first libraries to offer a drag queen story hour. Recognized internationally as well as nationally, he has been invited to speak at library conferences in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Austria, and China. Herrera was named Library Journal’s “Librarian of the year” in 2012.

Luis Herrera was inducted into the California Library Hall of Fame in 2019. For more information, please see:

 Photo credit: Luis Herrera