San Francisco, CA 
Portola Branch Library Exterior
Portola Branch Library Exterior
Portola Branch Library Interior
Portola Branch Library Exterior
Portola Branch Library Exterior

Photographer: David Wakley

New San Francisco Library


S Meek in joint venture with Noll & Tam Architects provided full architectural design services for this new neighborhood branch of the San Francisco Public LIbrary. The new building features a dedicated teen space, an expanded children's area, and a community program room accessible after hours for meetings and presentations. Most importantly, it is able to house an expanded collection, and provides computer and Wi-Fi access to the public and more functional work spaces for staff.


This building attempts the same wonder as a book—a simple volume whose articulations at the fine grain define and enhance the opportunities for browsing, reading, and study. The design goal was to extract from the program a set of architectural essences: robust surfaces, active daylight, and an amplitude of space articulated through both repetition and variation. At the library entrance, the public is welcomed by an airy art-filled Periodical Room. The porch-like quality of this entry continues along the full southern edge of the building, with reading chairs in each of the bay windows. 



3040 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

415 543 5505