San Diego In Focus


The San Diego County Library (SDCL) aims to inform, educate, inspire and entertain. SDCL provides access to library materials through four 24/7 Library to Go self-service kiosks, two bookmobiles, 33 branch libraries and online at

5,016,845 million visitors

109,406 operating hours

11,141,444 items circulated

    9,792,893 SDCL physical items

    1,348,551 SDCL e-Books (digital format)

 programs for children, teens, adults

   4,266 with focus on health and wellness

    2,683 were after-school

Library High School - On-Line High School Diploma Program - 11 Graduates (2017-2018); Over 120 students enrolled in pre-requisites courses 

$4.52 million - value of the 180,813 hours donated by 4,450 volunteers.

1,273,592 – public internet and WiFi sessions

    571,467 Public PC Reservation Internet Sessions

    702,125 Wi-Fi Sessions

New 24/7 Library to Go Kiosks – 350 available books and DVDs available for check out

    South Region (Chula Vista) – November 2017

    Boulevard - May 2018

County Partnerships

Office of Military and Veterans Affairs - Vet Connect offers on-site teleconferencing for veterans at five library locations:  Alpine, Imperial Beach, Julian, Poway Branch and Valley Center

Register of Voters - 19 library locations served as both drop-off site for mail ballots, and operated as polling sites for the June 5, 2018 General Election


NACo Achievement Awards:

Kindergarten Gear Up - 10-session pilot program held at Alpine and Lemon Grove in 2016 and at Alpine, Cardiff, Fallbrook and Lakeside in 2017.  Early language and literacy curriculum co-developed with SDSU and SDCL reached 1,266 children and adults (2016/2017 survey).  SDCL seeks to expand the program to all 33 branches during 2018-2019 fiscal year.

Back to School Jam, August 2017 – Spring Valley branch program provides school resources to local students.  Developed in 2015, annual program promotes school readiness.  Resource fair includes 25 community partners.  Over 700 participants received 645 backpacks filled with school supplies.

Story Time Salons - Inspired by cultural salons that flourished during the European Enlightenment, over 260 participants enjoyed multi-sensory programs that included authors, musicians, and visual artists.