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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

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

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

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

Saturday, Aug. 1
2:30 p.m. Arts

2015 San Diego Fringe Festival: That 24-Hour Thing

Sunday, Aug. 2
6 p.m. Arts

Mythology Talk: Zombies On The Brain

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

FILM FORUM: ‘Take Me Home’

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

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

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

Mobile App Development With Ahmed Bakir

Wednesday, Aug. 5
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Arts

Communication And Job Search For 55+

Thursday, Aug. 6
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lectures

Villa Musica Summer Orchestra | Concert 1

Sunday, Aug. 9
6 p.m. Music

FILM FORUM: ‘Last Chance Harvey’

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

Communication And Job Search For 55+

Thursday, Aug. 13
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lectures

Author Talk With World Traveler, Allan Karl

Sunday, Aug. 16
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Books

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

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

Communication And Job Search For 55+

Thursday, Aug. 20
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lectures

Myths And Realities Of The DIY Bio Movement

Thursday, Aug. 20
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Arts & Crafts

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

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

FILM FORUM: ‘The Heart Of The Beholder’

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

SMPS San Diego 2015 Benefit & Awards Gala

Thursday, Aug. 27
5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Charity

FILM FORUM: ‘Art And Craft’

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

FILM FORUM: ‘Cutie And The Boxer’

Monday, Sep. 14
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Films

FILM FORUM: Surrealism By Buñuel And Dali - 'L'age D'or' And 'Un Chien Andalou'

Monday, Sep. 21
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Films

FILM FORUM: 'Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case'

Monday, Sep. 28
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Films
Event Time Category

FILM FORUM: ‘Listening’

Monday, Oct. 5
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Films

FILM FORUM: ‘The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie’ (Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie)

Monday, Oct. 12
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Books

FILM FORUM: ‘Bass Clef Bliss’

Monday, Oct. 19
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Films

FILM FORUM: ‘Munyurangabo’

Monday, Oct. 26
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Films
Event Time Category

FILM FORUM: ‘The Wrecking Crew’

Monday, Nov. 2
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Films

FILM FORUM: ‘Pan's Labyrinth’

Monday, Nov. 9
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Films

FILM FORUM: ‘Belle Epoque’ (The Age Of Beauty)

Monday, Nov. 23
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Films

FILM FORUM: ‘That Obscure Object Of Desire’ (C'et obscur objet du désir)

Monday, Nov. 30
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Books

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