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Kids and Teens

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

  • Please call your local community Library, or the Central Library's Sanford Children's Library
  • 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 and relaxed environment to encourage teens to hang out and collaborate
    • iPads, iPad Minis, Chromebooks, and eReaders available for us in the Library
    • Media gaming room and onsite snack bar


High school students Admit One College Prep Academy is a program aimed at giving high school students a jump start on the college admissions process. All Spring 2014 sessions are scheduled at the Logan Heights Branch Library from March 11 - March 29. A complete schedule of sessions is listed on the application.

Picture of library staff A new, 21st century high school located on the Central Library's 6th and 7th floors, e3 Civic High is set to open its doors on September 3, 2013. Visit for detailed information.

Picture of studentAnnual Student Writing for Literacy Library Essay Contest
Write the winning essay! Receive recognition. Win fabulous prizes.

Check it out logos Check Out New Circulating Membership - Family passes for the New Children's Museum, and the San Diego Museum of Art.

Picture of library staff On Tuesday, December 11, 2012 the KUSI morning show featured Youth Service Librarian Bill Sannwald and Library Aide Jay Rosso discussing their new class for teens, Introduction to "Turntablism" that teaches teens how to use turntables as musical instruments.
See the KUSI video clip. (4:00 minutes)

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