Mechanics' Institute Library and Chess Room, San Francisco

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Library
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  • This hidden gem warrants a visit. It's like stepping inside 'old San Francisco,' but also relishing how it remains such a vibrant and relevant gathering place.  more »
  • I attended a lecture here and the interior design was delightful, old San Francisco. Apparently the collectiion is restricted to members only, but outsiders can get in. Worth a quick visit.  more »
  • If you don't have a membership with the library, the daily pass is $15. You have to purchase the daily pass even if you just want to sit at a desk with your laptop and study or work.
  • Walk in to this building and you are in a place that has frozen in time. Just the building not the ideas or knowledge gained here. This awesome place is to learn, share ideas, a get into a great chess game battle with some masters.

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