Planning applications have been approved, and new building permits filed to renovate and expand the existing Mission Branch library at 300 Bartlett Street in San Francisco’s Mission District. The city-led proposal would modernize and increase the accessibility of the 107-year old building. The San Francisco Public Works is responsible for the design and application.
Construction will involve returning the main entrance to the original grand doorway overlooking 24th Street. The decision to move the main entrance and stairwell to the original locations will hopefully increase functionality by working with the building’s existing design.
The most significant change will be expanding the building’s west side to provide more space for patrons. The Public Works architects were able to attach the new section on land already owned by the library, currently occupied by a wide sidewalk. The extension will require a selective partial demolition.
Construction is expected to start by May, with completion as soon as early 2023. Returning readers will find updated reading spaces, book stacks, a community room, a children’s room, and new restrooms. Staff will also see updated rooms and a newly landscaped patio. The job is expected to cost $13.01 million.