San Francisco Public Library branches out to detained youth 

The San Francisco Public Library has two branch locations that are probably not well-known.

One of them, operated on a formal contract with the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department, is at the Log Cabin Ranch, which is used as a detention facility for boys. The site is on 640 acres of land in La Honda, San Mateo County.

The hours are Monday 12-8, Wednesday 9-5 and Thursday 4-8.  The collection is 800 books strong and was built by the youth detained there.

The setting, however, presents “unique issues,” that the library is working out with the department as it negotiates a contract.

The department has “concerns about materials” and there is the “challenge of finding balance between SFPL’s mandate for free and open access and JPD’s priorities and security concerns.”

The other branch is operated in the Juvenile Justice Center at the SFUSD Woodside Learning Center.

This branch has 5,000 titles and is a “warming inviting place.”

The Library Commission meets Thursday at the main branch’s Koret Auditorium at 4:30 pm to talk about these two branches.

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