San Diego

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Located on the Eighth Floor of Central Library

Regular Hours

Teens (ages 12 to 21)  
      Monday 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
      Tuesday 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
      Wednesday 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
All Ages  
      Thursday 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
      Friday 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

About the IDEA Lab

The IDEA Lab at San Diego Public Library is a multimedia lab designed to prepare teens for 21st century job skills by exposing them to new technology.

The IDEA Lab tech team interns from the E3 Civic High School partnered with MACSD instructor Jesse Keller to produce a short video highlighting the IDEA Lab and all it has to offer.

PDF icon IDEA Lab Brochure

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Available Software Programs

  • 3D Design: Blender, OpenSCAD, Sculptris, SketchUp
  • Adobe: Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere Pro
  • Audio/Visual: Final Cut Pro X, iMovie, iPhoto, Logic Pro X, Photo Booth, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Media Player
  • Autodesk: AutoCAD, Maya
  • Coding: Arduino, Python, Unity
  • Graphic Design: Bamboo Wacom Dock (and tablets), GIMP, Inkscape, Krita, Silhouette Studio

Using the IDEA Lab

  • A valid San Diego Public Library card
  • Completed online questionnaire about what you are working on.

Policies and Procedures

  • All users, please check in with IDEA Lab staff before beginning your session. New users must register by filling out an online questionnaire.
  • IDEA Lab computers are intended to be used for projects that require the IDEA Lab’s specialized software. Computers for email, job searching, and other internet browsing are available throughout the library.
  • Parents or guardians of patrons under 18, may accompany their children while in the IDEA Lab.
  • All equipment (computers, digital pens, headphones) must be signed out with a staff member for use in the IDEA Lab (2 hours max).
  • You may print up to 1 page per day in the IDEA Lab.
  • Save your work to your own removable or cloud storage.
  • Library staff reserves the right to ask you to discontinue working on your project in the IDEA Lab.
  • Patrons are expected to comply with all library Rules of Conduct.

Contact: Gigi Terzian, [email protected]

  • Photo of computer stations in IDEA Lab

    IDEA Lab computer stations

  • Photo of students making a digital presentation in IDEA Lab

    Students making a digital presentation in the IDEA Lab

  • Photo of IDEA Lab Tech Team from from e3 Civic High School

    2016-2017 IDEA Lab Tech Team from e3 Civic High School

  • Photo of students participating in a Stikbot Workshop

    Students participating in a Stikbot Workshop

  • Photo of students participating in a SketchUp Workshop

    Students participating in a SketchUp Workshop


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