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San Diego Public Library’s LGBTQIA+ Library Services Committee celebrates the diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community in a welcoming and inclusive library space that fosters connections to knowledge and each other.

For questions, program suggestions, etc. email: LGBTQIALibrary@sandiego.gov

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Featured Event

Human Book Experience

Black LGBTQ+ Human Book Experience
Saturday, February 11, 2023 | 3:00 p.m.
Valencia Park/ Malcolm X Library | 5148 Market St.

Adapted from the Human Library, this San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition event is an interactive learning experience where readers "borrow" our human books and have the opportunity to ask difficult questions that are expected, appreciated and answered. 

The event will have refreshments, poetry slam contest, raffle and more. Registration is recommended.

Register Here 

Upcoming Events

Today10:30am - 11am

Art Therapy For Adults

Emerging Adults, Adults, Older Adults

Today4pm - 5pm

Lego Experts

All Ages

Feb 911:30am - 12pm

Story Time

All Ages, Babies/Toddlers, Preschoolers

Feb 1012pm - 1pm

Take it Easel

Emerging Adults, Adults, Older Adults

Feb 113pm - 5:30pm

Black LGBTQ+ Human Book Experience

Emerging Adults, Adults


Pride Library Card Collection

In partnership with San Diego Pride and with the support of Library Foundation SD, the Pride Library Card Contest is an annual spring tradition that engages the creativity and talent of San Diego’s LGBTQ+ community and our allies. Every year a grand prize winner’s artwork is selected by community and their design is printed onto the Pride library card.

Past Winners

  • 2022 – Leslie Pagel
  • 2021 – Clara
  • 2020 – Jasmine Nguyen
  • Photo of 2022 Pride Card library winner
  • Photo of 2021 Pride Card library winner
  • Photo of 2020 Pride Card library winner

LGBTQIA+ History and Culture

Gale Archives of Sexuality and Gender graphic
Research sexuality and gender in relation to LGBTQ+ history and activism, cultural studies, psychology, health, political science, policy studies, and other related categories.
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Lambda Archives of San Diego collects, preserves, and shares the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in San Diego, Northern Baja California, and the Imperial County region. Research appointments may be requested via the Lambda Archives website.

Community Resources

  • The San Diego LGBT Community Center
    The Center is the nation's second oldest and one of the largest LGBT community centers that provides direct program services to the many different facets of the LGBT community, including men, women, youth, seniors, families, LGBT Latino community members and their families, and those living with HIV.
  • San Diego Youth Services
    Mental health services and drop-in centers for LGBT youth and their families.
  • The Trevor Project | 1-866-488-7386
    24/7 crisis and support hotline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth ages 13-24. Also offers text and chat services.
  • GLBT National Help Center
    Free and confidential hotlines, chatrooms, and other resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people.
  • Trans Lifeline | 1-877-565-8860
    Hotline that offers support and resources to transgender people in need. Staffed by the transgender community for the transgender community.
  • San Diego Pride
    San Diego Pride fosters pride, equality, and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities locally, nationally, and globally. Pride supports a number of programs for all ages that meet the diverse needs and interest of the LGBTQ community.

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