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Kids and Teens

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The San Diego Public Library offers a wide range of services to children, teens and young adults.

  • Please call your local community Library, or the Central Library's Sanford Children's Library (619-236-5800)
  • Many of the City's libraries have special staff for these services called Youth Services Librarians. When you contact one of the City's libraries ask for them for special assistance.
  • The Central Library downtown has a teen center, called the Pauline Foster Teen Center, located on the second floor. This beach-themed, safe, learning environment for teens only includes:
    • 14 computers and two study rooms specially set aside for teens;
    • fun and engaging furniture with a relaxed environment to encourage teens to hang out and collaborate;
    • iPads, iPad Minis, Chromebooks, and eReaders available; and
    • media gaming room with an onsite snack bar.


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Picture of library staff e3 Civic High: Engage, Educate, Empower.
Currently in its second year, e3 Civic High is a 21st century high school located on the Central Library's 6th and 7th floors. Visit for more information.

Students sitting on a staircase Admit One College Prep Academy
This free program is aimed at giving high school students a jump start on the college admissions process. The 2015 Fall series will be hosted at our Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch Library in October.

Applications are now being accepted.

Please contact to be added to the interest list.

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Write the winning essay! Receive recognition! Win fabulous prizes!

Contest submissions are now being accepted for the 19th annual student contest due by Friday, December 18, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

For other questions or concerns, call 619-236-5800 or email

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