Edit ModuleShow Tags

Inside the new Central Library

It’s not just a library, folks. It’s a community hangout!


Published:

Photo: Steve Simpson

A lot of people see the word “library” and think of an outdated, smelly room with dusty paper volumes. But the new Central Library at 330 Park Boulevard (near Petco Park) is a spectacular, high-tech, art-filled community hang-out.

Seriously, it does not feel like a “library.”

On a recent tour of the building, it felt a little bit like being on a big UC campus. The lobby is large, bustling, and industrial. There’s an outdoor café and an auditorium you can rent out. There are spiffy new computers everywhere. There’s even a supercute gift shop (Psst: It’s a great place to get San Diego-themed hostess or holiday gifts).

The children’s area is a dream for parents—large touch screens, tons of computers, special rocking chairs that help kids focus, and a neat-o book drop with a conveyor belt that runs right through the kids’ section.   

The book drop is that vertical tunnel that looks like it's going to suck up that lady; it feeds up to the conveyor belt (dark line parralel-ish to the top of the photo).

All kinds of things delight—from the blue chairs in the reading room under the sun-protective dome and the IDEA Lab with a 3-D printer (not open just yet) to the baseball research center with the largest archive west of Cooperstown, New York. And the views of the city and the bay—it’s a city treasure.

Go today and check out the New Central Library. Walk if you’re nearby or drive and park for free in the basement. You will feel the “pride in your community” that the library’s architect Rob Quigley aimed for, back when we interviewed him in 2011.

Related: How To Move a Library in 38 Days

And stay tuned for our December 2013 issue. Robert L. Pincus will be critiquing the public art in the new Central Library.

A Lego model of the Central Library (not part of the public art). Wouldn't you have just died when you were a kid?

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

10 San Diego Trails to Get You Outside in 2018

Urban, beachy, and mountainous, we've rounded up the best trails in San Diego for you

San Diego Magazine's Top 10 Instagram Posts from 2017

From sunsets to Christmas trees, these are the photos you liked most this year

Inside 9 Incredible San Diego Homes

Step inside some of our city’s head-turning abodes
Edit Module

Subscribe to the Blog

 
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

Enter a Drawing You Could Actually Win

There are more than 1,700 prizes in the Dream House Raffle

Buy a Raffle Ticket, Win This Rare Sports Car

Donate to a good cause to seriously upgrade your ride
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. San Diego Magazine's Travel Awards 2018
    Cast your vote now for your favorite hotels, travel companies, and attractions
  2. First Look: Cloak & Petal
    The owners of Tajima bring Japanese small plates to Little Italy with Cloak & Petal
  3. Your Guide to San Diego's Best Happy Hours
    Here's where to throw back a cold one while the sun's still out
  4. Shake Shack vs. In-N-Out: Which Burger is Better?
    Pitting NYC’s burger icon against the king of SoCal
  5. 15 Coolest Jobs in San Diego and How to Get Them
    We asked 15 San Diego professionals with the coolest jobs in town how they landed their gigs—and how we could steal them
  6. The San Diego Lager Boom
    Why light, crisp, and flavorful is the next “new” thing
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module