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.

63°

San Diego
Weather

Accessibility Tools

  • Check if your spelling is correct, or try removing filters.
  • Remove quotes around phrases to match each word individually: "blue drop" will match less than blue drop.
  • You can require or exclude terms using + and -: big +blue drop will require a match on blue while big blue -drop will exclude results that contain drop.
San Diego Public Library honors Black history, community and culture recognizing and celebrating the achievements of Black Americans. In celebration of Black History Month, SDPL will host a series of virtual events and programs as well as offer a limited edition commemorative Black History Month Library Card.

Black History Month Library Card

Photo of Sahithi Lingampalli, winner of the student Black History Month Library Card Design Contest
Congratulations to Scripps Ranch High School student Sahithi Lingampalli for being selected as the winner of the student Black History Month Library Card Design Contest! This talented 15 year old student is a top notch reader and loves libraries! Sahithi wanted to create a design that showcases some of the standout achievements made by Black Americans, acknowledges lives lost to racism and injustice and that inspires community to rise to great heights.
 
You can pick up one of these free commemorative cards while supplies last at any of our 25 pick up or in-person services locations.

Programs

Program Highlights

 
Professor Anne C. Bailey with her book “The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History"
Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 6:30 p.m. | Virtual | Register Here
 
In celebration of Black History Month, the San Diego Public Library and the University of San Diego are proud to present noted author and professor Anne C. Bailey. A graduate of Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, Anne C. Bailey is a Professor of History at the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is also the Director of the university’s Harriet Tubman Center for Freedom and Equity. Bailey is committed to a concept of “living history” in which events of the past are connected to current and contemporary issues. She has been researching and writing about the public memory of slavery and freedom for much of her writing and academic career.
 
Youth Author Event: The NY Times 1619 Project and Why Slavery Matters
Friday, February 26, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Virtual | Register Here
 
San Diego Public Library, in collaboration with San Diego Unified School District, present this virtual youth event featuring author and historian Anne C. Bailey. Join us in this interactive discussion facilitated by students with Professor Bailey as she discusses her work documenting slavery and the concept of "living history" in which events of the past are connected to current contemporary issues. Images of student artwork honoring Black history, community, and culture will be displayed at this event.

Upcoming Programs

 

Reading Recommendations

 

Exhibit Highlights

BLACK HISTORY MONTH = U.S. HISTORY 365
 
Exhibit currently on view at the Mission Valley Library.
 
This is an incredible opportunity to educate youth and adults alike about how African Americans came to the U.S. as slaves or freed servants, how they once lived free yet were never truly free until they could vote. How they fought in U.S. wars during times they were not allowed to vote or have full equal rights. This display illustrates some of the leaders that propelled us forward in the fight for Civil Rights, STEM Innovation and Health Care advancements. This is a month-long exhibit to display where African Americans have contributed to United States of America society. However, to also notate there are still Civil Rights challenges to overcome and that Black History Month is American History. It exists not only one month out of the year but is interwoven into American history 365 days a year. – Richard L. Cowan II
 
Artist Richard L. Cowan II is currently an employee in the City of San Diego's Public Utilities Department and a former Library Department employee.
 
Painting by Artist Richard L. Cowan II
Painting by Artist Richard L. Cowan II
Painting by Artist Richard L. Cowan II
 
 
Photo of Richard and Ramses Cowan
 
 
 

Resources

 
Black College Expo Virtual College Fair graphic
Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 12 p.m. - 3p.m. | Virtual | Sign Up Here
 
  • Get Accepted to College on the Spot
  • Scholarships on the Spot
  • Application Fees Waived

Live Seminars:

  • 411 for the Student Athlete
  • How to Find Money for College
  • How to Start a Business
  • Why Attend HBCU
 

Black History Month Displays

  • Black History Month Display
  • Black History Month Display
  • Black History Month Display
  • Black History Month Display
  • Black History Month Display
  • Black History Month Display
  • Black History Month Display
  • Black History Month Display