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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

jul 5

Where's Waldo East Village Scavenger Hunt

Date Sunday, July 5, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost Free buy tickets
Age limit All ages
Event Time Category

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

Monday, Jul. 6
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dance

FILM FORUM: 'The Overnighters'

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

Swing Dance Under The Dome

Monday, Jul. 6
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dance

An Evening With Raina Telgemeier

Tuesday, Jul. 7
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Arts

All About That LARP, Featuring 'Treasure Trapped'

Saturday, Jul. 11
8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Films

FILM FORUM: ‘Web Junkie’ (POV Film And Discussion)

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

Desalination & California's Water Crisis: A Marine Biologist's Perspective

Thursday, Jul. 16
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Gardening

Monthly Shakespeare Reading: 'The Merry Wives Of Windsor'

Monday, Jul. 20
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Arts

Philosophy Talk: Compulsory Heterosexuality & Lesbian Experience

Monday, Jul. 20
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Heritage & Cultural

FILM FORUM: 'Inherent Vice'

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

FILM FORUM: 'Two Night Stand'

Monday, Jul. 27
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Films

2015 San Diego Fringe Festival: California Ballet School's 'Cal Bal Elevated'

Wednesday, Jul. 29
7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Arts

Recreate Cover Art: Paint & LPs At San Diego Central Public Library

Thursday, Jul. 30
2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Arts

2015 San Diego Fringe Festival: California Ballet School's 'Cal Bal Elevated'

Thursday, Jul. 30
7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Arts

Downtown Chess: Summer Blitz Tournament (Quarterly Tournament)

Friday, Jul. 31
2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Family

2015 San Diego Fringe Festival: 'I've Accepted Everyone's Death But My Own' By Liz Macera

Friday, Jul. 31
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Arts
Event Time Category

FILM FORUM: ‘Take Me Home’

Monday, Aug. 3
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Films

FILM FORUM: ‘Last Chance Harvey’

Monday, Aug. 10
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Films

FILM FORUM: ‘The Storm Makers’ - POV Film And Discussion

Monday, Aug. 17
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Films

FILM FORUM: ‘The Heart Of The Beholder’

Monday, Aug. 24
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Films

FILM FORUM: ‘Art And Craft’

Monday, Aug. 31
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Films

Ongoing events at Central Public Library

Event Time Category

'The Art Of Comic-Con'

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

'The Art Of Comic-Con'

Every Tuesday
noon - 5 p.m. Arts

'The Art Of Comic-Con'

Every Wednesday
noon - 5 p.m. Arts

'The Art Of Comic-Con'

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

'The Art Of Comic-Con'

Every Friday
noon - 5 p.m. Arts

'The Art Of Comic-Con'

Every Saturday
noon - 2 p.m. Arts

Past events