San Diego

Kids and Teens

Photo of young chess club player ready for an opponent at Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library

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 at (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.


Students sitting on a staircase      Admit One College Prep Academy

This free program is aimed at giving 8th  -12th graders a jump start on the college admissions process. The Fall 2017 series will be hosted at our Valencia Park / Malcolm X Branch Library from October 11th - November 8th. A complete schedule is included in the link below.
Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Picture of student    20th Annual Student Writing for Literacy Library Essay Contest
Write the winning essay! Receive recognition! Win fabulous prizes!

2017 Student Writing for Literacy Essay Contest is now open!

Deadline: 3:00 PM on Friday, December 16, 2016

Homework at the Library    Do Your Homework @ The Library

Got homework? Get personalized assistance at one of the San Diego Public Library locations.
Learn more...

Picture of library staffe3 Civic High: Engage, Educate, Empower.
Currently in its fourth year, e3 Civic High is a 21st century high school located on the Central Library's sixth and seventh floors. Visit www.e3civichigh.com for more information.

 For other questions or concerns, call (619) 236-5800 or email [email protected]


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