Join The Daily Transcript and the San Diego Public Library in celebrating the grand opening of the new Central Library in the East Village.

  • Central library hosts free presentations on San Diego Opera’s 2015 season

    Free preview presentations about the three productions in San Diego Opera’s 2014-15 (50th anniversary) season will be hosted at the San Diego Central Library.

  • 'Talk to the Lawyer' returns to San Diego Central Library

    The San Diego Central Library welcomes the public to attend "Talk to the Lawyer" on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Shiley Special Events Suite on the ninth floor of the Central Library, located in downtown San Diego. This event is free to the public.

  • 'Checked Out!' Experimental Music Festival comes to Central Library

    In collaboration with Stay Strange, the San Diego Public Library will host the second Checked Out! An Experimental Music Festival to be held Saturday, Aug. 16, from 12 to 6 p.m. in the Auditorium and Garden Courtyard at the San Diego Central Library. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Learning Ally, San Diego Public Library partner on 'Empowering Literacy & Learning'

    The San Diego Public Library has invited Learning Ally, the Dyslexia Training Institute, and Decoding Dyslexia to kick off their I Can, Too Discovery Series, a free program of educational presentations focused on disabilities in children, with a session on dyslexia on Thursday, May 29.

  • Central Library resumes poetry, spoken word program

    The San Diego Public Library, in conjunction with DBSA San Diego and NAMI San Diego, continues its poetry and spoken word series Downtown Verse with an evening of Poetry & Other Expressive Arts as Therapy on Wednesday, May 7.

  • Final programs in the Muslim Journey educational series

    The San Diego Public Library continues its presentation of the "Muslim Journeys: Let’s Talk About It" with a final series of programs.

  • May eReader clinics at the San Diego Public Library

    Learn how to download library eBooks to your eReader or computer.

  • FabLab mobile makerspace coming to North University library

    The San Diego Public Library and FabLab San Diego have partnered to provide public access to a mobile makerspace at the North University Community Branch Library at 8820 Judicial Drive, San Diego, 92122, from April 15 to May 15.

  • Library hosts 10th drawing exhibition

    The San Diego Public Library organized nine highly acclaimed drawing exhibitions between 2000 and 2011. The new Central Library is presenting "Intersecting Lines: The Tenth Invitational Drawing Show."

  • San Diego Public Library screens local filmmaker picks

    The San Diego Public Library's long running film series, Film Forum, will screen three documentary films by local filmmakers on Mondays, March 3, 10, and 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the ground floor auditorium at the San Diego Central Library, located at 330 Park Blvd. in downtown San Diego.

  • Central Library launches 'Theater Talk' series

    The San Diego Public Library launches Theater Talk, an occasional lecture and discussion series on theatre and drama.

  • Library hosts free presentations on San Diego Opera's 2014 season

    Free preview presentations about the four productions in San Diego Opera's 2014 season will be hosted at the San Diego Central Library by the city of San Diego Public Library, as part of the Library's Opera Insights Series.

  • San Diego Public Library, Sanitas offer free digital health care tools

    The San Diego Public Library is partnering with Sanitas Inc. to provide software to visitors of the Central Library to help them learn more about potential health risks and chronic conditions. This software, which is free to those who use it onsite, was exclusively created for the library and is an integration of Sanitas products, Wellaho and Family Healthware.

  • Join the New Central Celebration

    Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.You're invited to an exciting free community festival celebrating the new San Diego Central Library, the heart of the city's 35-branch public library system.

  • Iconic San Diego new Central Library prepares to open

    In downtown San Diego, an iconic shape has been added to the skyline. The new San Diego Central Library, with its unmistakable, landmark dome, can be clearly distinguished from its angular neighbors. The library was designed by the joint venture team of Rob Wellington Quigley, FAIA and Tucker Sadler Architects, and is being built by Turner Construction Company, who serves as the projects Construction Manager at Risk. The new structure promises to be one of the great civic buildings of Southern California, and it will play a crucial role as the hub of the 35-branch San Diego Public Library system. Turner Construction is honored to have been a part of bringing this phenomenal facility to the San Diego community.

  • Donors step up to secure San Diego's new Central Library

    San Diego’s new Central Library is filled with stories. One of the most interesting might be the story behind its planning, construction and completion. This story details how the community came together to provide the region with a world-class new home for literacy and learning.

  • The intersection of visual art and the library

    Visitors to San Diego’s new Central Library will be surrounded not only by rich collections, culturally diverse programming and dynamic architecture, but also by vibrant and inspiring visual art

  • Innovative technology integrated into new library

    When planning for the new Central Library, one of the goals was to have the infrastructure and technology to address community needs now and in the future. At the time planning began more than three decades ago, no one knew what technology would actually be available at the time of construction. But, as this project became real, the latest technology has been integrated wherever possible into the structure of the building and services offered, making this library one of the most technologically advanced libraries in the country.

  • Floor-by-floor at a glance

    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.

  • e3 Civic High: A model for 21st century Education

    There are key points in time that change the course of history. This was the situation in 2008, when the needs of the San Diego Public Library and the San Diego Unified School District converged, which ultimately resulted in San Diego becoming the first major metropolitan city in the United States to integrate a high school into a large central library.

  • The Central Library’s green building difference

    The specific location, bounded by Park Boulevard, 11th Avenue and J Street in the East Village near Petco Park was chosen for its urban density and community connectivity, both of which contribute to it being environmentally friendly. Alternate transportation options for library users and employees are available, including more than 500 trolley and bus stops each day within 1/4 mile of the library. There are also 66 sheltered bike racks and nine electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

  • San Diego's iconic dome

    Standing like a beacon on the city's horizon is the Central Library's gleaming and iconic dome. It is already coming to represent San Diego and is being integrated into publications, advertisements and photos. The specific dome design was inspired by the domes in Balboa Park. At night, the 255-foot-high dome anchors the cityscape with a soft and welcoming glow.

  • The women behind the construction project

    The new 497,652-square-foot nine-story Central Library is one of the largest municipal projects in the city’s history. To successfully construct it within three years took an immense amount of coordination, teamwork and leadership. While the construction field is still primarily led by men -- and there were many men who played prominent and vital roles on this project -- several women in key positions were instrumental in moving the Central Library project to completion.

  • Meet the Architects

    The distinctive design of the new Central Library with its iconic dome has changed not only our city’s skyline, but also the way we will interact with one another and our environment. This remarkable transformation is due in large part to the architects who worked with the community and the city to achieve a collaborative vision for this library of the future.

  • A dream 30 years in the making is finally here

    Together, the city, civic leaders and citizens of San Diego embarked on a journey to create a new library that would serve as the civic destination that would have the space, infrastructure and technology to address community needs and engender regional pride. The goal was to improve access to information and resources, support student achievement, provide a venue for community gatherings and top-quality cultural and educational programming, and increase access to key technologies that creates a level playing field for all.

Central Library videos

New Central Library ready to open to the public

Sept. 25, 2013 -- Reporter Carlos Rico tours the new $185 million Central Library in the East Village, which will officially open Sept. 30.