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Floor-by-floor at a glance

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There are so many interesting areas of the new Central Library that will leave you wanting to come back again and again to explore. Here is a floor-by-floor description to whet your appetite.

Basement (2 levels)

·250 parking spaces, which are free for a limited time with library validation.

First floor

·350-seat auditorium with floor-to-ceiling doors that open to the courtyard

·Garden Courtyard with café (café opens by the end of the year)

·Library Shop -- Museum-quality literary-themed gifts and library branded items

·Clark Conference Center

·Lobby -- Three-story grand entrance featuring dramatic gravity arch

·Friends of the Library Used Book Store

·Dickinson Popular Library

·Oliver ICAN Center for disability services

·Sanford Children’s Library -- Fun and engaging Dr. Seuss-themed library with primary and intermediate grade collections, child-sized computers, colorful storytime and play area, and the future home of the I CAN, Too! Center for children with special learning needs

Second floor

·Foster Teen Center -- Beach-themed, safe and relaxing environment for teens with computers, a gaming room, collaborative areas and snack area

·Union Bank Homework Center -- After-school tutoring tailored to local curricula

·Health and Wellness Information Center -- Regional, one-stop hub for health education

·Business, Science and Industry Collection

·Social Science Collection

Third floor

·Patent and Trademark Resource Center

·Government Documents

·Newspapers and periodicals

·Relaxed setting and quiet study areas

Fourth Floor – Qualcomm Technology Floor

·Zable Computer Lab with 42 state-of-the-art computers

·Wells Fargo Technology Training Center with 24 state-of-the-art computers, a TV and Smart Board for group technology training

·Multimedia TV Studio and YES! Learning Lab to teach students television production, stop-motion animation, music recording, webcasting, Web publishing and game creation

·Wall art installation by internationally recognized video artist Gary Hill

·Literature Collection

Fifth floor - Armando de Peralta Jr. World Affairs Floor

·Bank of America-Merrill Lynch Career Center -- In partnership with San Diego Workforce Partnership, a one-stop career center offering comprehensive employment and job skill development services

·Diamond Rock Garden -- Restful rock garden for viewing next to the spacious, light-filled Jaffe Mountain View Reading Area

·History collection

Sixth and seventh floor

·e3 Civic High School -- The first high school to be integrated into a large central library in a major metropolitan city

Eighth floor – Manpower Innovation Floor

·Price Reading Room -- “The People’s Penthouse,” an airy three-story inspiring glass room under the dome with panoramic views for reading and study

·Mae Bell Page - READ/San Diego adult literacy services

·Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center -- Home of the Ted Williams Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), the largest and most comprehensive baseball research center outside the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York

·IDEA (Innovation and Digital Expression Activity) Lab -- featuring a 3-D printer and 10 high-end computers with software for graphic design, photo editing, architectural design, music production video editing and more

·Art, Music and Recreation Collection

Ninth floor

·Hervey Rare Book Room -- Tranquil feel of a 19th-century private library with a modern flair, housing the Wangenheim Collection of rare materials tracing the history of the book

·The California Room, including the Marx San Diego Heritage Center, allows library users to access heritage materials, city directories, and genealogical resources. Thanks to the San Diego Genealogical Society combining its collection with the library’s, this is now the largest genealogy collection in the region.

·Art Gallery -- 3,000-square-foot museum-quality exhibit space that is home for the library’s award-winning Visual Arts Program

·Valeiras Sculpture Garden -- Open-air ivy garden that is ideal for quiet reflection or special gatherings

·Roof top Terraces - Three furnished public terraces with sweeping views of the bay and city

·Qualcomm Dome Terrace

·Epstein Bay View Terrace

·Woods Sunset View Terrace

·Shiley Special Events Suite -- Flexible rental space with stunning views of the bay and Petco Park, which accommodates 500 people standing, 333 lecture seating, and 216 dining

·Sullivan Commission Room -- Wood-paneled boardroom used for the Board of Library Commissioners meetings and other library-related gatherings.

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