Under the guidance of the CA Department of Public Health and San Diego County’s Public Health Officer, 12 San Diego Public Library locations are open for limited in-person services Monday – Saturday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and will be closed from 1-2 pm for cleaning.  Online library servicesContactless Holds Pickup, and all book drops are available to the public. Find specific information on operations.


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Tax Information

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Tax Preparation Assistance

Help filing your 2019 tax return is available in the San Diego area including branch library locations.

February 3rd - April 10th, 2020 (AARP)
(No assistance on 2/17)
Mondays: 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fridays: 12:30 - 5 p.m.
Saturday (3-21-20 only): 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Walk-In Only/No Appointments
February 5th - April 9th, 2020 (AARP)
Wednesdays: 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday (3-7-2020 only): 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Walk-In Only/No Appointments
February 4th - April 14th, 2020 (Home Start, Inc.)
Tuesdays: 1 - 7 p.m.
Thursdays: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Appointments required:
Online at www.myfreetaxes.org, or by calling
February 6th - April 9th, 2020 (AARP)
Thursdays: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Must check-in before 3:30 p.m.
Walk-In Only/No Appointments
February 3rd – April 13th, 2020 (AARP)
(No assistance on Monday 2/17)
Mondays: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Must check-in before 3:30 p.m.
Walk-In Only/No Appointments
You may add your name to the list for one date in the future at the site
February 4th - April 14th, 2020 (AARP)
Tuesdays: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fridays: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Walk-In. Clients may also come in on any Tuesday or Friday and sign in on the sheet for TODAY or sign up for one (1) date in the future.
February 7th - April 10th, 2020 (AARP)
Fridays: 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Walk-In Only/No Appointments
Free Tax Preparations (VITA/Home Start)
February 10, 2020 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
March 30, 2020 | 1 - 5 p.m.
Walk-In Only/No Appointments
IRS Problem Solving Day
February 14, 2020 | 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
March 13, 2020 | 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Appointment required by calling:
619-744-7159 or 619-744-7166

Tax Forms

The San Diego Public Library's Central Library (3rd Floor) and the North University Community Library will have limited number of individual Federal and California State tax forms for the 2019 tax year. Due to IRS budget cuts, we will receive fewer IRS forms and instructions, with no schedules or related publications.

The Central Library will carry the following tax forms:

Federal Forms:

  • 1040 + Instructions
  • 1040-SR + Instructions

State Forms: 

  • 540
  • 540 NR
  • 540 2EZ English
  • 540 2EZ Spanish

The North University Community Library will carry the following tax forms:

Federal Forms:

  • 1040 + Instructions

State Forms: 

  • 540
  • 540 EZ
  • 540 NR

The following branch locations carry State tax forms only:

  • Balboa Branch Library
  • Carmel Mountain Ranch Library
  • Carmel Valley Branch Library
  • Kensington-Normal Heights Library
  • Logan Heights Branch Library
  • Pacific Beach Branch Library
  • Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library
  • San Carlos Branch Library
  • Serra Mesa-Kearny MesaBranch Library
  • Skyline Hills Branch Library

Tax forms and instructions can also be requested by:


  • IRS (Internal Revenue Service): 1-800-829-3676
  • California FTB (Franchise Tax Board): 1-800-338-0505 (automated service) or 1-800-852-5711


Paper tax forms and instructions can be ordered from the IRS and FTB websites for delivery by U.S. mail or for faster results, printed or downloaded from their websites.


E-File is a fast and easy alternative to filing taxes by mail and some filers may be eligible to do it for free.  File taxes electronically online by visiting:
  • IRS (Internal Revenue Service): E-File
  • California FTB (Franchise Tax Board): E-File


VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) provide free tax assistance to people with low to moderate incomes (VITA) and the elderly (TCE).
For taxpayers who made less than $69,000 in 2019, the IRS offers free online filing and preparation software for federal and state from their partners. Learn which options are available with their free online lookup tool.
Taxpayers who earned more than $69,000 in 2019 may file their FEDERAL taxes for free online using their basic form.