San Diego Central Library

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

San Diego Central Library
San Diego Central Library.jpg
The building's exterior, 2013
General information
Town or citySan Diego, California
CountryUnited States

The San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common is the main branch of the San Diego Public Library, which is a public library system serving the city of San Diego, California.

Description and history[edit]


In 1952, the Carnegie library was demolished and a new Central Library was opened at the same location on June 27, 1954. That library closed permanently on June 9, 2013, to begin the 10-week process of transferring its 2.6-million-item collection to the new library.[1] Over the years, many branch libraries have also been opened throughout the City.

In 2010, construction began on a new US$184.9 million, 366,673 square feet (34,065 square metres)[2] Central Library at 330 Park Boulevard in downtown San Diego. This 9-story structure was designed by San Diego architect Rob Quigley. It is topped with an iconic steel-and-mesh lattice dome over a two-story rare-book reading room.[3] It opened on September 30, 2013.[1] The library displays numerous books and collections, including the second largest collection of baseball memorabilia in the U.S.[4]

The Central Library also houses a charter high school, e3 Civic High School, which is billed as the only school in the U.S. to be housed within a library. The school is located on the sixth and seventh floors of the library and is visible to, but not accessible by, the public. The school serves grades 9 through 12. It opened on September 3, 2013 with an initial student body of 260 ninth and tenth graders. Additional grades were added in 2014 and 2015 resulting in a student body of approximately 500.[5]


In 2013, the Central Library received several awards. It received the National Award for Excellence in Structural Engineering.,[6] and the Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors awarded the library “Best of Show.”[7] The Central Library also received an Orchid Award from the San Diego Architectural Foundation's Orchids & Onions Awards.[8]


  1. ^ a b Moran, Greg (June 10, 2013). "Downtown library checks out". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
  2. ^ Facts About The New Central Library, San Diego Public Library
  3. ^ Showley, Roger (January 19, 2013). "No flubs at library building site after 899 days". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  4. ^ "San Diego's main library closes, clearing way for new one". CBS 8. June 9, 2013. Archived from the original on November 3, 2013. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  5. ^ Magee, Maureen (September 3, 2013). "Central-library charter school opens". San Diego Union Tribune. Archived from the original on November 2, 2013. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 5, 2017. Retrieved November 1, 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Central Library gets engineering award
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 4, 2016. Retrieved November 1, 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) San Diego New Central Library – Best of Show!
  8. ^ "San Diego Central Library – Orchids & Onions". Archived from the original on May 7, 2016. Retrieved November 5, 2017.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 32°42′32″N 117°09′15″W / 32.7089°N 117.1542°W / 32.7089; -117.1542