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San Diego Central Public Library

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Business hours

Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
Monday 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common, opened its doors to a new building, a 497,654 square feet on September 28, 2013. The New facility has over 400 computer devices, 22 study rooms, a charter high school, 3D printer (maker lab), auditorium, teen center, homework center, Veteran’s Resource Center, art gallery, rare book room, children’s library, café and much more.

The San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common is the heart of the City of San Diego Public Library system, and a major cultural and recreational facility that provides a wide variety of services to San Diego residents and the 35-branch library system.

The San Diego Public Library collection consists of
• More than 5.3 million books, including e-books, and audio-visual materials
• 3,138 periodical subscriptions
• 1.6 million government documents; and
• More than 265,295 books in 25 languages other than English

Upcoming events at San Diego Central Public Library

aug 6

Hullabaloo At The Library

Date Saturday, August 6, 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Cost Not available
Age limit All ages
Event Time Category

Picture This: ‘The Return’ Featuring Guest Speaker Deb Furlong

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

Read To The Animals

Thursday, Aug. 11
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Animals

San Diego Fixit Clinic

Saturday, Aug. 13
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Arts & Crafts

W2W – Writers To Watch - At The San Diego Central Library

Sunday, Aug. 14
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Arts

Picture This: ‘Iraqi Odyssey’ Presented By The Arab Film Festival

Monday, Aug. 15
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Films

Swing Dance Under The Dome

Monday, Aug. 15
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dance

Picture This: ‘Theeb’

Monday, Aug. 22
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Films

Picture This: ‘Why Are We Doing This In Front Of People?’ Featuring The Music Of Octagrape

Monday, Aug. 29
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Arts

Swing Dance Under The Dome

Monday, Aug. 29
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dance
Event Time Category

Hullabaloo At The Library

Saturday, Sep. 3
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Family

Read To The Animals

Thursday, Sep. 8
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Animals

San Diego Fixit Clinic

Saturday, Sep. 10
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Swing Dance Under The Dome

Monday, Sep. 12
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dance

Swing Dance Under The Dome

Monday, Sep. 26
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dance
Event Time Category

Hullabaloo At The Library

Saturday, Oct. 1
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Family

Celebration Under The Dome

Friday, Oct. 7
6 p.m. Charity

San Diego Fixit Clinic

Saturday, Oct. 8
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Swing Dance Under The Dome

Monday, Oct. 10
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dance

Read To The Animals

Thursday, Oct. 13
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Animals

Swing Dance Under The Dome

Monday, Oct. 24
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dance
Event Time Category

Hullabaloo At The Library

Saturday, Nov. 5
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Family

Swing Dance Under The Dome

Monday, Nov. 7
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dance

Read To The Animals

Thursday, Nov. 10
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Animals

San Diego Fixit Clinic

Saturday, Nov. 12
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Swing Dance Under The Dome

Monday, Nov. 21
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dance
Event Time Category

Hullabaloo At The Library

Saturday, Dec. 3
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Family

Read To The Animals

Thursday, Dec. 8
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Animals

San Diego Fixit Clinic

Saturday, Dec. 10
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Ongoing events at San Diego Central Public Library

Event Time Category

'A Voyage To Health' Exhibit

Every Sunday
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Books

'A Voyage To Health' Exhibit

Every Monday
noon - 8 p.m. Books

'A Voyage To Health' Exhibit

Every Tuesday
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Books

'A Voyage To Health' Exhibit

Every Wednesday
noon - 8 p.m. Books

'A Voyage To Health' Exhibit

Every Thursday
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Books

'A Voyage To Health' Exhibit

Every Friday
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Books

'A Voyage To Health' Exhibit

Every Saturday
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Books

Baby Sign Storytime

Every Monday
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Books

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Sunday
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Sunday
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Sunday
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Sunday
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Monday
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Monday
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Monday
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Tuesday
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Tuesday
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Tuesday
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Wednesday
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Wednesday
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Wednesday
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Thursday
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Thursday
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Thursday
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Thursday
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Friday
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Friday
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Friday
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Friday
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Saturday
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Saturday
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Saturday
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Family

Do Your Homework At The Library

Every Saturday
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Family

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

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

Every Sunday
12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

Every Monday
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Arts

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Arts

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Arts

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Arts

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

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

Free National Exhibition On 1961 Freedom Riders

Every Sunday
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits

Free National Exhibition On 1961 Freedom Riders

Every Monday
noon - 8 p.m. Exhibits

Free National Exhibition On 1961 Freedom Riders

Every Tuesday
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Exhibits

Free National Exhibition On 1961 Freedom Riders

Every Wednesday
noon - 8 p.m. Exhibits

Free National Exhibition On 1961 Freedom Riders

Every Thursday
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Exhibits

Free National Exhibition On 1961 Freedom Riders

Every Friday
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Exhibits

Free! Swing Dance Under The Dome! - April 2015

Every Monday
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Dance

Free Swing Dance Under The Dome - May 2015

Every Monday
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Dance

Fun And Games

Every Friday
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Fun And Games

Every Friday
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Fun And Games At The Central Library

Every Friday
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Arts & Crafts

'Hiding In Plain Sight: Eight Voices In Contemporary Photography'

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

'Hiding In Plain Sight: Eight Voices In Contemporary Photography'

Every Tuesday
noon - 5 p.m. Arts

'Hiding In Plain Sight: Eight Voices In Contemporary Photography'

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

'Hiding In Plain Sight: Eight Voices In Contemporary Photography'

Every Thursday
noon - 5 p.m. Arts

'Hiding In Plain Sight: Eight Voices In Contemporary Photography'

Every Friday
noon - 5 p.m. Arts

'Hiding In Plain Sight: Eight Voices In Contemporary Photography'

Every Saturday
noon - 2 p.m. Arts

'Intersecting Lines: The Tenth Invitational Drawing Show'

Every Sunday
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Intersecting Lines: The Tenth Invitational Drawing Show'

Every Monday
noon - 8 p.m. Arts

'Intersecting Lines: The Tenth Invitational Drawing Show'

Every Tuesday
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

'Intersecting Lines: The Tenth Invitational Drawing Show'

Every Wednesday
noon - 8 p.m. Arts

'Intersecting Lines: The Tenth Invitational Drawing Show'

Every Thursday
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

'Intersecting Lines: The Tenth Invitational Drawing Show'

Every Friday
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

'Intersecting Lines: The Tenth Invitational Drawing Show'

Every Saturday
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Arts

Learning From The Animal Masters Of Regeneration

Every Thursday
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Animals

Lecture: Healthier Living With Chronic Conditions

Every Saturday
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Health

'Literature Of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman & The Yellow Wall-Paper'

Every Sunday
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Books

'Literature Of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman & The Yellow Wall-Paper'

Every Monday
noon - 8 p.m. Books

'Literature Of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman & The Yellow Wall-Paper'

Every Tuesday
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Books

'Literature Of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman & The Yellow Wall-Paper'

Every Wednesday
noon - 8 p.m. Books

'Literature Of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman & The Yellow Wall-Paper'

Every Thursday
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Books

'Literature Of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman & The Yellow Wall-Paper'

Every Friday
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Books

'Literature Of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman & The Yellow Wall-Paper'

Every Saturday
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Books

Modern Multicultural LGBT Literature

Every Thursday
noon - 1 p.m. Books

Open Art Time

Every Saturday
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Arts & Crafts

'Rainmaker' Art Exhibit

Every Sunday
10 a.m. Arts

'Rainmaker' Art Exhibit

Every Monday
10 a.m. Arts

'Rainmaker' Art Exhibit

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. Arts

'Rainmaker' Art Exhibit

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. Arts

'Rainmaker' Art Exhibit

Every Thursday
10 a.m. Arts

'Rainmaker' Art Exhibit

Every Friday
10 a.m. Arts

'Rainmaker' Art Exhibit

Every Saturday
10 a.m. Arts

Ready Reader Storytime: Preschoolers

Every Tuesday
10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Books

Ready Reader Storytime: Toddlers

Every Monday
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Books

San Diego Central Library Offers Brain Fit Now! Classes

Every Wednesday
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Health

Shhh: Collecting Secrets At SDPL Central Branch

Every Sunday
noon - 6 p.m. Books

Shhh: Collecting Secrets At SDPL Central Branch

Every Monday
10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Books

Shhh: Collecting Secrets At SDPL Central Branch

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Books

Shhh: Collecting Secrets At SDPL Central Branch

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Books

Shhh: Collecting Secrets At SDPL Central Branch

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Books

Shhh: Collecting Secrets At SDPL Central Branch

Every Friday
noon - 6 p.m. Books

Shhh: Collecting Secrets At SDPL Central Branch

Every Saturday
noon - 6 p.m. Books

'Significant Others' At Central Library Gallery

Every Sunday
noon - 4 p.m. Arts

'Significant Others' At Central Library Gallery

Every Tuesday
noon - 5 p.m. Arts

'Significant Others' At Central Library Gallery

Every Wednesday
noon - 5 p.m. Arts

'Significant Others' At Central Library Gallery

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

'Significant Others' At Central Library Gallery

Every Friday
noon - 5 p.m. Arts

'Significant Others' At Central Library Gallery

Every Saturday
noon - 4 p.m. Arts

'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

Toddler Yoga

Every Thursday
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Family

Toddler Yoga

Every Thursday
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Family

Tots & Tales

Every Tuesday
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Books

Tots & Tales

Every Tuesday
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Books

[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 - CANCELLED

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

You Are Here, San Diego: A Story Collecting Project

Every Sunday
Books

You Are Here, San Diego: A Story Collecting Project

Every Monday
Books

You Are Here, San Diego: A Story Collecting Project

Every Tuesday
Books

You Are Here, San Diego: A Story Collecting Project

Every Wednesday
Books

You Are Here, San Diego: A Story Collecting Project

Every Thursday
Books

You Are Here, San Diego: A Story Collecting Project

Every Friday
Books

You Are Here, San Diego: A Story Collecting Project

Every Saturday
Books

Zumba For Beginners & Special Needs

Every Monday
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Family

Zumba Gold: Get Healthy & Have Fun Too!

Every Friday
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Health

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