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All Are Welcome

San Francisco Public Library

Contact Name: Luis Herrera,
Type of Initiative: Inclusion/Tolerance  


In San Francisco, the library is part of the city’s strong engagement in supporting the values of inclusion and supporting our immigrant communities. City Librarian, Luis Herrera sent the below message to staff:

Dear Staff: San Francisco is a city that serves as a progressive hub welcoming our immigrant communities and as such, the San Francisco Public Library remains a sanctuary for many who seek refuge, comfort and a sense of community.  SFPL serves a population of more than 840,000 people, at least 35% who were born outside the United States.  The Library is here to support the immigrant community and to help them achieve their goals and aspirations.   Each year, thousands of immigrants engage in SFPL programs, including English classes, citizenship services, literacy programs, computer classes and employment assistance.  SFPL is proud to support San Francisco as a sanctuary city where all people are supported regardless of their immigration status.  We are a safe place that supports the values of equity and inclusion:  All are welcome here.

In light of recent political developments, we want to remind our patrons that we are here for everyone.  Your location will be receiving SFPL-designed “All Are Welcome” posters later this week (see attached).  I look forward to seeing this message proudly  displayed in all our libraries.