Long-awaited opening of New Central Library finally arrives

The New Central Library opens Sept. 30. Official image.

The New Central Library opens Sept. 30. Official image.

Torrey Spoerer

In a historic decision, on June 28, 2010, the City Council approved
construction of the new San Diego Central Library to improve the 35-branch library system and benefit future generations.

The new Central Library book collection and staff have moved from the old downtown building, located on 825 E St., to the new location and final touches are being completed in preparation for the opening day, Monday, Sept. 30

Funding for the $184.9 million project comes securely from the State Library, Centre City Development and the San Diego Unified School District. An additional $10 million in private funds has been donated to cover additional operating costs.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, the new library hosed an opening ceremony and sneak peek tour. The event ran from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 330 Park Blvd. in downtown San Diego.

Attendees got an exclusive look inside the first floor of the new library and auditorium, along with music performances from Hullabaloo, The Heroes, The Paul Cannon Band,
Clint Perry, the Boo Hoo Crew, Eric Runningpath, and many more.

Food, interactive children’s activities, a “Fancy Nancy” parade, arts and crafts, storytelling, and author meet-and-greets were also available at the event.