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06/15/2020 - 5:16pm

Did you know that the Mechanics’ Institute Library has hundreds of titles in e-book format to address all your financial information needs?  It’s true! Reference librarian Craig has gathered together a follow-up list of suggested titles on investing, personal finance and retirement. Clicking on the book title takes you to the library’s catalog. All you need to check out is your 14-digit barcode number (no spaces or hy...

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06/15/2020 - 12:02pm

In compliance with San Francisco City/County requirements, the Mechanics’ Institute building is closed until further notice. Thank you for your support and patience as we continue to evaluate and adjust our services due to COVID-19. While our building is closed, you have access to thousands of library ebooks,...

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06/12/2020 - 3:56pm

June 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Pride Month. This year, Pride celebrations honor diversity, solidarity, and local heroes virtually (a list of helpful links with free activities to follow). Also for your viewing pleasure, we've assembled a list of LGBTQ+ films available for free on the Mechanics’ Institute Kanopy streaming service. All you need is your MI library card. Grab...

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06/11/2020 - 10:50am

Since opening its doors in 1855, the Mechanics’ Institute has attracted—and continues to attract—scores of local writers. In fact, 179 works by members are part of the Library’s collection.

One of the most vivid in the lineage of card-carrying MI authors is San Francisco native Gertrude Atherton (1857-1948), a prolific novelist and chronicler of California social history. A globetrotting feminist, Atherto...

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06/10/2020 - 3:12pm


James Patterson The 20th victim
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov Agafya
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov Ariadne
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov Ward No 6
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov...

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06/10/2020 - 2:52pm

In case you are looking for something good to read during our continuing shelter-at-home order, here are a few more suggestions from our staff:

Autumn (Library Assistant):

Some of my prime pandemic reads:


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06/09/2020 - 12:54pm

Throughout the history of Mechanics’ Institute Library, intellectual growth and cultural advancement has always been promoted and encouraged. MI is widely known for its distinguished library of recreational, educational, and cultural materials. What began as an organization for vocational instruction and recreation during the Gold Rush era in San Francisco has evolved into a diverse community of literary-minded members in...

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06/08/2020 - 10:26am


Arthur Hailey Airport
Angela ElwellHunt Daughter of Cana
Jennifer Steil Exile music
La Jill Hunt Private property
Briana Cole...

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06/05/2020 - 10:51am

This month, Judit Sztaray celebrates her one-year anniversary as general manager of youth outreach and events for the world-renowned Mechanic’s Institute Chess Room. A former science researcher with a Ph.D. in chemistry and the 2017 recipient of the U.S. Chess Federation Organizer of the Year award, Judit grew up playing chess in her native Hungary, where she also honed her skills in Eastern European baking.

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06/04/2020 - 4:09pm

During these uncertain times, it is comforting to know that the performing arts culture continues despite the COVID-19 pandemic. A treasure trove of cultural resources can be found online, free to all.

Come take a look, and listen! Click to enter the enchanted worlds of the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, Metropolitan Opera (New York), and Shakespeare Festival (Stratford...

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