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Central Public Library

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.

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

Violence On The Page: How Much is Too Much?

Date Monday, April 21, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost Free
Age limit All ages
Event Cost Category

Classic Cinema: Famous Creationism Trial Drama

Wednesday, Apr. 23
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Free Community

Intersecting Lines: The Tenth Invitational Drawing Show Reception

Saturday, Apr. 26
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free Arts

Winter/Spring Concert Series: Susan Svrček

Sunday, Apr. 27
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Free Arts

Film Forum: 'Better Living Through Chemistry'

Monday, Apr. 28
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Free Community

Let's Have An Affair At The Central Library!

Tuesday, Apr. 29
6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. N/A Arts

Context Volume 1: San Diego Central Library 'Celebrating Civic Courage'

Tuesday, Apr. 29
6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. $100 - $175 Arts
Event Cost Category

'Rasa Dari Tari / The Soul Of Dance' - A Documentary About Contemporary Indonesian Dance

Saturday, May. 3
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Free Arts

Film Forum: 'Shuffle'

Monday, May. 5
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Free Community

WASP Of The Ferry Command, The OTHER Story - Sarah Byrne Rickman

Friday, May. 9
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Free Books

Film Forum: Rod Bradford's 'American Freethought' Part 2

Monday, May. 12
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Free Films

Winter/Spring Concert Series: Sidney Hopson

Sunday, May. 18
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Free Arts

Film Forum: 'Koran By Heart'

Monday, May. 19
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Free Films
Event Cost Category

Winter/Spring Concert Series: Argus Quartet

Sunday, Jun. 1
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Free Arts

Past events

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