Kids and Teens

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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.


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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 for more information.

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This free program is aimed at giving high school students a jump start on the college admissions process. The fall 2016 series will be hosted at our Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch Library from September 20th- October 25th. A complete schedule is included in the application below.

Please contact [email protected] or 619-238-6684 for more information.

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Write the winning essay! Receive recognition! Win fabulous prizes!

Check back soon here for information about the next contest.

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