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Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library

More than a library, this 26,000-square-foot building was designed to serve as a cultural institution for the community,complete with a performing arts center, community meeting rooms and displays of public art through the space. The library opened in 1996 and was remodeled in 2016 with the addition of the Legler Benbough Teen IDEA Lab, a technology lab offering training programs and classes for teens ages 12 to 18. The IDEA Lab is designed to provide youth with the opportunity to build 21st century job skills.


Upcoming Events

Today
8am - 10:30am
Today
3pm - 5:30pm

Study and Chill

Middle School Age, Teens

Today
3pm - 6pm

DO YOUR HOMEWORK @ THE LIBRARY

Elementary School Age, Middle School Age

Today
4pm - 5:30pm

Table Top Games

Middle School Age, Teens

May 24
10am - 1pm

How to Work a Computer--Open Office Hours

Emerging Adults, Adults, Older Adults

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  • Front area outside the Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library Front area outside the Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library
  • Front area outside the Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library Front area outside the Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library
  • The Legler Benbough Teen IDEA Lab at the Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library The Legler Benbough Teen IDEA Lab at the Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library
  • Ribbon cutting for the opening of the Legler Benbough Teen IDEA Lab Ribbon cutting for the opening of the Legler Benbough Teen IDEA Lab
  • Teens playing video games inside the Legler Benbough Teen IDEA La. Teens playing video games inside the Legler Benbough Teen IDEA Lab
  • Apple iMac computers inside the Legler Benbough Teen IDEA Lab Apple iMac computers inside the Legler Benbough Teen IDEA Lab

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Legler Benbough Teen IDEA Lab

Legler Benbough Teen IDEA Lab

The Legler Benbough Teen IDEA Lab is a multimedia center where youth can learn new skills in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) in a safe, welcoming and collaborative environment. During open hours, dedicated staff are available to assist teens using the advanced equipment.

Educational programs will be offered in collaboration with partners Admit One College Prep, the LEAGUE of Amazing Programmers, FAB LAB, Media Arts Center San Diego and Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego.

Amenities

Parking - 124 parking spaces, including 6 disability accessible spaces

Public Transportation - MTS Trolley Orange Line
MTS Bus Routes 3, 4, 5, 13, 60, 916, 917 and 955

Computers for Public Use - 39 available

Meeting/Study Rooms - 4 meeting rooms

Multi-purpose room has capacity for 140 people
Seminar room has capacity for 40 people
Music room has capacity for 20 people
Multimedia room has capacity for 15 people

2 study rooms with capacity for 6 people each

Special Collections - African Diaspora collection

Language Collections