Escondido Public Library

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Escondido Public Library
Established 1894
Branches 1
Access and use
Circulation 930,000
Population served 140,000
Other information
Director Loretta McKinney

The Escondido Public Library is a public library system serving the city of Escondido, which is situated in San Diego County, California. The collection of the library contains 371,500 volumes, circulates 930,000 items per year and serves a population of 140,000 residents.[1]

The library system consists of the Main Branch and the Pioneer Room (the Escondido Public Library's local history and genealogy archive).


The library has been serving Escondido since 1894 when it was a private library located in the small building which now sits in Grape Day Park. In 1898, the City of Escondido took over this library's operation, making the library a City-funded department. With Andrew Carnegie funds and a gift of land, a new library was built in 1910 on Kalmia and Third Avenue.[2] In 1956, because of limited space to serve a community of over 6,000, a new library building, now the Mathes Center, was constructed on the same spot. By 1980, Escondido had grown to 67,000 persons and the library incorporated children's and audiovisual services. Through the efforts of its trustees and City officials, revenue-sharing funds were set aside for a new facility. Library operations were moved in December 1980 into the present two-story, 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2) building. In June 1996, the 13,000-square-foot (1,200 m2) East Valley Branch was opened in the East Valley Community Center on East Valley Parkway. In 2011, the East Valley Branch Library was closed and the Escondido Technology Center was re-opened in part of the original space. In December of 1996, the Pioneer Room was opened in the Mathes Center adjacent to the main library, and in 2000 the Computer Center was incorporated into this space.

Pioneer room[edit]

Located in the brick Mathes Center building next to the Main Library on 247 S. Kalmia Street, the Pioneer Room was established in 1992, with bequest from local historian Frances Beven Ryan (1901–1990). The research room and archives is a part of the Escondido Public Library that provides the community non-circulating reference material. The local history collection includes books, journals, photographs, and archival material. The family history genealogy research material primarily contains reference books.

Free Wi-Fi (wireless) access[edit]

The library provides free Internet access points for users with portable computers or devices capable of receiving wireless signals.

Second Saturday concerts[edit]

The library hosts a monthly musical concert (November through April) with a wide variety of musical styles: zydeco, jazz, country, latin, folk.


  1. ^ "Lib-Web-Cats: Escondido Public Library". Lib-Web-Cats. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Carnegie Libraries: Escondido". Carnegie Libraries of California. Retrieved March 14, 2007. 

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Coordinates: 33°7′15″N 117°4′46″W / 33.12083°N 117.07944°W / 33.12083; -117.07944