San Diego opens its new Central Library

October 31, 2013 by  

On September 30, 2013, San Diego opened its new Central Library to the public. The nine-story building, which is located in East Village at 330 Park Boulevard, cost $185m to put together. Extended hours—from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm—gave patrons plenty of time to examine the new facility. Usual Monday hours are from noon to 8:00 pm.

The building was dedicated two days earlier, on the 28th, as the official name of the facility, the ‘San Diego Central Library Joan and Irwin Jacobs Common’, was revealed to an enthusiastic crowd. Irwin Jacobs is the co-founder of Qualcomm, and he and his wife were benefactors to the library. He said the use of the word ‘Common’ in the name reflects the fact that a library can also be a civic meeting place. Irwin also revealed that he likes to stop at a local library on his travels, arguing that the Internet cannot replace the face-to-face interactions found there.

Another San Diego philanthropist, Darlene Shiley, gave a gift of $1.2m to the project. In addition, 3,000 San Diegans made donations to the library as well.

The state-of-the-art building, which comprises almost a half-million square feet, has a domed reading room three stories tall, a technology center, a 350-seat auditorium, a teen center, and a 9,100 SF children’s room.

Library officials could work with brochure printers to create a mailer for city residents, listing the library’s amenities, hours, and directions to the common, and encouraging them to visit.