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Central Public Library

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Business hours

Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday noon to 8 p.m.
Tuesday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday noon to 8 p.m.
Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The old Central Library, located at 820 E St. closed on June 10, 2013. Their new location is at 330 Park Blvd., San Diego, 92101.

The Central Library, the heart of the City of San Diego Public Library system, is a major cultural and recreational facility that provides a wide variety of services to San Diego residents and the 35-branch library system. Since the Central Library opened 50 years ago, books and other materials have circulated 34,700,292 times and library staff has answered 29,629,039 reference questions.

Regional Research Facility:
The Central Library has the largest collection of books and other materials of any public library south of Los Angeles . As a result, it is a major research facility for not only San Diego County , but also the counties of Imperial, Orange and Riverside.

Library System Support:
The Central Library provides technical, logistical and administrative support to the San Diego Public Library system, including 35 branches. It also provides specialized, in-depth reference service for the entire system. In addition, the Central Library oversees the READ/San Diego adult literacy program, the Environmental Library, and the Library Web site and catalog. Each year, the Central Library delivers approximately 70,000 books and other materials, as well as supplies, to branch libraries.

Major Repository:
The Central Library is a repository of the major part of library system’s collection, reference works and government publications. The Central Library contains 792,823 books, 21,805 audio-visual materials, 89,000 bound periodicals, and 1.6 million government documents. In addition, the Central Library subscribes to more than 1,300 newspapers and magazines and 56 online databases. More than 60 percent of the Central Library’s collection is stored on two basement levels.

Upcoming events at Central Public Library

mar 8

2015 Winter/Spring Concert Series: Alexander Wasserman, Piano

Date Sunday, March 8, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost Free buy tickets
Age limit All ages
Event Time Category

FILM FORUM: 'Dear White People'

Monday, Mar. 9
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Films

Shoutin' In The Library Presents: Swing Dance Under The Dome!

Monday, Mar. 9
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dance

Author Talk: Lisa See

Thursday, Mar. 12
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Books

FILM FORUM: 'Before I Go To Sleep'

Monday, Mar. 16
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Films

'Food Stories Of India'

Saturday, Mar. 21
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. Food

2015 Winter/Spring Concert Series: The Neave Trio

Sunday, Mar. 22
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Music

Shoutin' In The Library Presents: Swing Dance Under The Dome!

Monday, Mar. 23
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dance

FILM FORUM: 'Gabrielle'

Monday, Mar. 23
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Films

Family Science Night

Thursday, Mar. 26
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Arts & Crafts

FILM FORUM: 'On My Way' (Elle s’en va)

Monday, Mar. 30
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Films
Event Time Category

FILM FORUM: 'Kill the Messenger'

Monday, Apr. 6
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Films

FILM FORUM: 'The Double'

Monday, Apr. 13
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Films

'Japanese Cuisine (Washoku)'

Saturday, Apr. 18
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. Food

FILM FORUM: 'Capital'

Monday, Apr. 20
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Films

FILM FORUM: 'Nightcrawler'

Monday, Apr. 27
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Films
Event Time Category

FILM FORUM: 'Selma' - Free Concert & Film

Monday, Jun. 8
6 p.m. – 8:50 p.m. Films

Ongoing events at Central Public Library

Event Time Category

Finding Voices - Session 1

Every Monday
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Charity

Finding Voices - Session 2

Every Wednesday
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Charity

FREE Intermediate Vocational ESL Classes

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Heritage & Cultural

FREE Intermediate Vocational ESL Classes

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Heritage & Cultural

[UN]BOUND: Artists’ Books From The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Every Sunday
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Arts

[UN]BOUND: Artists’ Books From The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Every Tuesday
noon - 5 p.m. Arts

[UN]BOUND: Artists’ Books From The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Every Wednesday
noon - 5 p.m. Arts

[UN]BOUND: Artists’ Books From The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Every Thursday
2 p.m. - 7 p.m. Arts

[UN]BOUND: Artists’ Books From The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Every Friday
noon - 5 p.m. Arts

[UN]BOUND: Artists’ Books From The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Every Saturday
noon - 5 p.m. Arts

Warriors For Healing: Yoga At San Diego Central Library

Every Wednesday
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Charity

Past events