These gorgeous structures boast of more than just books to enjoy.
Whether an avid book lover or not, these beautiful Bay Area libraries are worth making a trip to see. If you thought libraries were just dull, dingy buildings filled with books that collect dust, think again. These libraries are filled with architectural beauty and can bring out the bookworm in everyone! Several are located in the Valley, but some may require a little travel further in the Bay Area.
Mill Valley Library
Nestled in the midst of redwood trees with a deck that overlooks a creek and a park, Mill Valley Library offers plenty to see both inside and out. You can get cozy inside with a book by the wood-burning fireplace.
The Rinconada Library was built in 1958. A recent renovation in 2013 shut down the library for a time but it reopened in February 24, 2015 with an elaborately designed interior and a plethora of reference materials and fiction and nonfiction reads.
Santa Clara University Library
This literary location features three floors filled with materials for your reading pleasure. The Santa Clara University Library also features a lower lounge area that is positioned in the midst of a number of bookshelves. Enjoy looking at the beautiful construction and landscaping of the campus while there.
Presidio Branch Library
The Presidio Branch Library is a division of the San Francisco Public Library. This location first opened its doors back in 1921. Recently renovated in 2011, this library features a modern look while preserving its Italian Renaissance style architecture.
Another division of the San Francisco Public Library, the Potrero Branch Library has a history that dates back to the early 1900s. This location’s building was originally opened as a Deposit Station in 1927. The library is relatively new (it opened its doors in 2009) with a unique feel with modern art and décor.