The University of San Francisco: Gleeson Library
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San Francisco Neighborhoods

Books

Ignacio : The USF Library’s catalog, Ignacio, is a listing of all of the books we own and all of the periodicals to which we subscribe. You may not find many books on specific neighborhoods, but books about SF may have chapters on different neighborhoods. Also, you can access LINK+ from Ignacio, which lets you borrow books from other libraries.

Sample San Francisco searches in Ignacio:

  • For specific titles, do a Title Search: Reclaiming San Francisco
  • For topics, do a Keyword or Subject Search: Coit Tower, Haight Ashbury, Murals
  • To view subtopics on San Francisco, do a Subject Search on San Francisco to see subjects like San Francisco African Americans, San Francisco Architecture, San Francisco Working Class, San Francisco Labor Movement and others.

Selected Books in Gleeson Library (all can be found in the Reference Area, First Floor):

  • The Community Sourcebook of Zip Code Demographics: Ref. HA 203 S66 2007. Has information organized by zip code, including median income, population, racial breakdown, projected spending.
  • San Francisco: The Ultimate Guide: Ref F 869.37 D44 1995. Contains great historical information for many neighborhoods.

Newspapers, Magazines, and Journals

Some neighborhoods and local groups have their own newspapers and related websites, such as the Noe Valley Voice. Local branches of the SFPL may have copies of current and back issues of neighborhood newspapers.

San Francisco Public Library (SFPL)

  • SFPL Homepage
  • Neighborhood Branches  Neighborhood branches may have local papers and community information files. They might collect information on the history or current conditions of the neighborhood.
  • SFPL Catalog Books, videos, etc. available at the San Francisco Public Library
  • San Francisco Statistics Links to San Francisco statistics, including crime rates, demographic data, economic, housing, historical data and more.
  • San Francisco Historical Photographs Collection  A database of old photographs of San Francisco, to give you a visual sense of how neighborhoods have changed. See also Old S.F. for an alternative way of browsing this collection of photographs.

Data

  • SF Find merges census, government and city data all in one platform specifically designed for the city of San Francisco.
  • San Francisco Indicator Project provides access to hard-to-find community data, broken down by neighborhood.
  • San Francisco Health Improvement Project  Get a snap shot of the health status and quality of life in San Francisco using easy-to-interpret color-coded gauges and maps. Find health data and demographic data by neighborhood, zip code, and citywide.
  • San Francisco Crime Data  find data on crime in the vicinity of any San Francisco address.
  • American FactFinder The web site from the United States Census Bureau. Includes demographic data that can be broken down by census tract and census block data. See Census Explorer to easily map census data.
  • Policy Map (Free Edition) Created by a nonprofit organization called The Reinvestment Fund, PolicyMap is a Geographic Information System and mapping company. With the free version of PolicyMap, you can use a wide range of publicly available data to easily create maps.

Websites