The Library of the Future

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The Library of the Future

Libraries play an important role in the community, but in 2023 what does the future look like for them?

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Manny's 3092 16th Street San Francisco, CA 94103

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

From COVID shutting down public spaces to the increased reliance on the internet to get information, the role of the public library has been challenged from multiple angles.

How has the San Francisco Public Library handled these challenges?

Has the role of the public library in society changed?

What is the future of the San Francisco Public Library?

Join us at Manny's as we discuss what the library of the future may look like in San Francisco and elsewhere.

Manny's never turns away people due to lack of funds. If you need a complimentary ticket, please email the word "grapefruit" and the title of the event to

About Michael Lambert:

Michael Lambert is the City Librarian for the City and County of San Francisco. He was appointed to the position in March 2019 by Mayor London Breed. During his tenure, the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) was named the 2018 National Library of the Year by Library Journal. Michael Lambert has championed increased and equitable access to libraries through expanded hours and a fine-free library system.

Prior to his employment with the City and County of San Francisco, Lambert managed library operations at San Mateo County Libraries and at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in North Carolina. He began his career in his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina at the Richland Library. He is a proud alumnus of the University of South Carolina with a degree in History and earned his Master of Library and Information Science Degree from South Carolina’s College of Library & Information Science.

Lambert also serves on the Children and Families First Commission, Our Children Our Families Council and the City’s Committee on Information Technology. Born in Seoul, Korea, he is the first Asian American to lead the San Francisco Public Library.

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