The San Francisco Public Library announced in June that it had been named the 2018 Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year. The award recognizes the library that best shows community service, creativity, and innovation in programs or increasing usage, and establishing leadership by creating programs that are adopted by other libraries.
Author Dave Eggers said the SFPL “has real energy. It has real passion. They move quickly on initiatives and they say ‘yes.’ Contrary to some large institutions that can be burdened by their own size and history, and which have the alacrity of a cruise ship, the SFPL is nimble, creative, and always inclined to find a way to make things happen.”