Central Library

Greater resources

Library-enterance-150x150The Library offers far greater collections, parking, computers, amenities and public areas than the previous facility. The New Central Library is a technology center, offering San Diegans equal, free access. It helps close the ‘digital divide’ with more than 400 computer workstations, available laptops, spaces for teaching the use of new technology and free WiFi access. The New Central Library is also a community space  where San Diegans can gather to celebrate culture, hear great  music, appreciate art work and discuss critical issues. Downtown San Diego, the region’s fastest growing area, is the logical spot for a civic space of this scope and versatility. For a floor-by-floor cross-section of the new library, visit here.

Features & Services Current Central Library  New Central Library
Library space 144,524 square feet, three stories 294,673 square feet, nine stories
Site 30,000 square feet 69,820 square feet
Parking None 250 on-site spaces (plus 250 across the street)
Collection Size (volumes)

  • Total
  • Children’s
  • 780,000
  • 42,749
  • 1,250,598
  • 71,965
Public computers 84 407
Special Areas

  • Children’s Area
  • Teen Area
  • Homework Area
  • 3,200 square feet
  • 1,240 square feet
  • None
  • 9,141 square feet
  • 3,797 square feet
  • 926 square feet
Reading Seats  409 1,200
Meeting Spaces

  • Auditorium
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Study Rooms
  • 180 seats
  • 2
  • None
  • 350 seats
  • 6
  • 22
Special Services

  • Literacy Services
  • Gallery/Exhibit
  • Event Space
  • None-at branch
  • Minimal-hallway
  • None
  • 4,907 square feet
  • 3,010 square feet
  • 3,605 square feet