When I was a kid, the main library was fascinating. It was so huge, it was overwhelming. I don’t remember much of it from way back then, but I remember endless card catalogs, and looking around and seeing books and books and books.
They remodeled it, and there were years that I didn’t go there. I found out about programs that were hosted there, so I started going more frequently. It’s very easy to get to on public transportation, and there’s always a free show by some local crazy person going on in the lobby and occasionally in the bathroom.
I do go there to read quite frequently, but I stay away from the fourth floor where the foreign language books are kept. People listen to and repeat the language they are trying to learn. I read on the 5th floor, and there’s usually an interesting display on the 6th floor. I find enough to keep me busy there for hours.
MAIN LIBRARY (415) 557-4400
100 Larkin St. (at Grove) 94102
M: 9-6; Tu: 9-8; W: 9-8; Th: 9-8; F: 12-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 12-6