The Excelsior Branch Library reopened following over a year of seismic retrofitting and other improvements. Public Works provided the design, project management and construction management for the Excelsior Branch Library project. The newly refurbished 8,300 square foot branch includes a number of modern and updated features, including solar panels on the roof to improve energy efficiency and light; a special designated teen area as well as children's space; new furniture, shelving and materials display; new computers with access to Library online resources and the Internet; and an updated and refreshed collection. Library users can also enjoy clear signage, an after hours book return, and comfortable seating. Excelsior Library ceiling The program/meeting room is adjacent to a garden patio. Additional green features include natural ventilation and added insulation throughout the building. The Excelsior Branch is the first of 18 branch library renovations funded through the Branch Library Improvement Program, approved by San Francisco voters in 2000.