in today’s connected world, why does the public library still matter?

The San Diego Public Library system serves thousands of San Diegans each year. It is the largest provider of free educational resources in the region.

There are innovative programs like Library NExT, a collaboration with UC San Diego extension to teach children computer programming. Since its inception in 2017, the Library NExT program has served more than 5,000 students, provided more than 1,100 hours of instruction, delivered instruction in 15 libraries from low-to-moderate income communities, and many students reported higher standardized test scores and preparedness for college after enrolling.

Other programs such as “Do Your Homework at the Library,” an after school tutoring program created by Mayor Faulconer serves thousands of students annually. On average, nearly 1,000 students access this program weekly. There were 36,540 unique student visits in the 2017-2018 school year.

The San Diego public library system has a nationally recognized adult literacy programs that has helped thousands of English-Language Learners acquire English as a second language to help with career advancement and educational attainment.

Now, thanks to the generosity of private donors, it is possible to earn your high-school diploma at the San Diego Public Library. In addition, the Central Library has a robust career center managed by the San Diego Workforce Partnership.

All this is in addition to the hundreds of wonderful unique literacy and program activities individually curated at each of the 36 branch locations.

Learn more about the San Diego Public Library at https://www.sandiego.gov/public-library


LibrariesTransformSD is a coalition of library supporters from the Friends of the Library, The San Diego Public Library Foundation, and the San Diego Library Commission. This coalition has been created to share the community impact and importance of the San Diego Public Library in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of investing in this community asset.

How Can I Help?

Attend the Library Department’s Budget Hearing on May 1, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at City Hall (202 C Street)

Attend the City Council Budget Hearing on May 13th at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall (202 C Street)

Share your library story with your City Councilmember by taking action.