Councilmember Barbara Bry (District 1)

The Former Downtown Library


The City and Civic San Diego are looking for ideas on how to repurpose and activate the vacant former downtown library, which is centrally located at 820 E Street, near the trolley and the booming Gaslamp and East Village neighborhoods. Civic San Diego recently issued a Request for Ideas (RFI) for the space.

Civic and the City of San Diego are looking for creative and collaborative ways to revitalize and jumpstart the space, which has been sitting vacant for the past two years. Potential partnerships could include ideas from community groups, academic institutions, private entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders.The Library is a five-story, approximately 75,000 square-foot historically-designated building located in downtown San Diego.

For information see CivicSD's website at For questions, please contact Eli Sanchez, Project Manager, at (619) 533-7121 or [email protected]