Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Central Library Tours
Want to See the New Central Library?
As interest in the new Central Library has grown, so has the interest in seeing the new facility. There are now multiple ways to experience all that this space has to offer.
Docent Guided Tours
- Take an hour tour and see the iconic architecture and diversity of programs and services available in this amazing new community treasure. Highlights include three art installations, the Dr. Seuss-themed Sanford Children's Library, the beach-themed Pauline Foster Family Teen Center, the Helen Price Reading Room, the Society for American Baseball Research Center, the 3-D printing lab, the Art Gallery, Special Collections, and the Qualcomm Dome Terrace.
- Explore the 150 individual pieces installed by the Commission for Arts and Culture, the largest display ever in the history of the Commission. Learn about the four permanent art installations commissioned for the Library by the Commission. Enjoy a special look into the Hervey Family Rare Books Room, and a tour of the Art Gallery's On View collection.
- Learn about Rob Wellington Quigley's vision for the San Diego Central Library. Highlights include the Garden Courtyard, Lobby, Helen Price Reading Room, Sculpture Garden, Dome, and Special Event Spaces. Learn about the materials used and interior design used to make the San Diego Central Library an iconic civic building.
All available dates can be viewed from the library events calendar. Tours are not scheduled during Padres home games. Each tour can accommodate up to 50 people, and groups will be divided between three different tour docents. For tours in Spanish or at times other than those listed above, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with at least two week's notice.
Tours for Educators and Group Visits
Register students for either the Children's Tour or Teen Tour, please read all group visit details before registering.
- The Children's Tour is appropriate for kids ages 5-11, visiting the library as a group. Groups may include: school classes, day cares, youth groups, clubs, scouting organizations, and more. This one-hour tour, led by specially trained Docents, highlights spaces and resources in the library that specifically interest children. The tour is followed by a 15-minute orientation to library programs and services, led by a Youth Services Librarian.
- The Teen Tour is designed for ages 12 to 18 visiting the library in a group. Groups could include classes, recreation groups, clubs, summer programs and more. The suggested ratio of teens to chaperones is 25 to 1. The Teen Tour highlights spaces and programs in the library that specifically interest teen students, and docents are trained to highlight information in the respective areas that meet the interest of youth. The tour concludes in the Teen Center where students can enjoy the space and technology available for teens.
Self-Guided and Virtual Tours
- 3D Map and Highlights — Co-produced by the San Diego Public Library and the Union-Tribune (PDF)
- Central Library Floor-by-Floor Self-Guided Tour (PDF)
- New Central Library Video Documentary Narrated by Dennis Morgigno (16:08 minutes) — This iconic building has been 30 years in the making! See some of the unique features that are making it such a special gathering place now and for generations to come.
- New Central Library Google 360 Tour — This online visual tour shows panoramic views of the Auditorium, Courtyard, 1st, 2nd, floor Pauline Foster Teen Center, 8th floor Helen Price Reading Room and Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center, and the 9th floor with the special event spaces, including the Shiley Special Events Suites and Qualcomm Dome Terrace. The Marilyn and Gene Marx Heritage Center and Hervey Family Rare Book Room will be added soon.
- Google Indoor Maps — Showing the general layout of each floor within the new Central Library. (Available on Android devices and now available on FireFox and Chrome web browsers. It is not viewable on the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser.) Enter the address 330 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA. When you are onsite, it will navigate you through each floor.
- Special Details about the Building — Interviews with Architect Rob Quigley (Produced by UT-TV)