San Francisco libraries may have to cut back hours, service, spending 

San Francisco public libraries could see more darkened buildings than welcoming lights, despite major renovations or rebuilds on all 27 branches.

The library is considering reducing hours and bookmobile service in light of an estimated $3.6 million budget shortfall next fiscal year. That shortfall is estimated to rise to $11 million by the year 2015-16 budget year, according to San Francisco Public Library documents.

Library officials are also considering reducing spending for new books and materials.

The shortfall will be discussed during a Library Commission Thursday beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Koret Auditorium in the Main Library. A final adoption of a budget and its service reduction proposals is expected at the commission’s Feb. 17 meeting.

The library is in the midst of major renovations at its branches, paid for by two voter approved bonds for nearly $200 million.

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