Mechanics' Institute Building
The Mechanic’s Institute Building

Tuesday, July 22 at 6:00 pm
57 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94104
Meet on the 3rd floor

The Mechanics’ Institute, one of the oldest libraries in the west, is offering a free evening tour of its historic library and building.

The Mechanics’ Institute of San Francisco was founded in 1854 with four books and a mission to start an organization to serve the education, information and social needs of the city’s mechanics, artisans, and industrialists. Within a few years the Institute was offering classes in such subjects as mechanical drawing, industrial design, electrical science, and applied mathematics, had started a chess club and had acquired a magnificent library that slaked San Francisco’s voracious appetite for technical and pleasurable reading material.

Today the Mechanics’ Institute continues as a membership organization boasting a fantastic general-interest library, active cultural event calendar, and world renowned chess club. It is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, students, film lovers, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker in search of a place for literary pursuits, thinking, research and study.

The Tour of the Institute will orient you to our building, include an overview of our history and mission, and outline our current services and the benefits of membership. Tours typically take 45 to 60 minutes.

Free Tour. No reservations required.

For more information on this event, as well as the numerous other events being held at the Mechanic’s Institute, check out their website.

This post was submitted by Deb Hunt, Library Director at the Mechanic’s Institute in San Francisco. Follow her on Twitter @debhunt6.