With a unique connection to San Diego's biotech industry, the La Jolla-Riford Library is believed to be the first in the country to feature a public biotech laboratory. The Bio Lab is part of an innovation space at the library that also includes 3D printers and a 50-person capacity classroom. La Jolla-Riford Library opened in 1989, thanks to a generous land donation from Ms. Florence Riford. At 25,000 square feet, the library features a cozy fireplace, enclosed outdoor reading patio, spacious community room with a piano and art gallery, and the History Room which houses a comprehensive collection of La Jolla historical documents and newspaper archives.
Emerging Adults, Adults, Older Adults
Teens, Emerging Adults, Adults, Older Adults
Elementary School Age, Middle School Age, Teens
Preschoolers, Elementary School Age, Middle School Age
The IDEA LAB at the La Jolla/Riford Library is open to “any member of the community who is curious about science or has an idea they want to try out.” Those are the words of Callen Hyland, a Senior Research Scientist at the University of San Diego and one of the lab’s passionate volunteers. Since the Idea Lab’s grand opening on May 25, 2019, volunteers and patrons have made excellent use of the signature space. The lab has three main aspects—a community biology lab, a 3D printer lab, and two brand new Mac computers equipped to edit digitized photos and videos.
Parking - 20 parking spaces, including 2 disability accessible spaces
Public Transportation - Bus Route 30
Computers for Public Use - 5 available
Meeting/Study Rooms -
• Seminar Room – 35 people
• Community Room – 100 people
• Patio Room - 15 people
Special Collections -
• La Jolla History Room
• La Jolla Cove Swim Club Special Collection