It’s all happening at the Library! Here’s your San Diego Public Library news and events for October/November


Courtesy of Melissa Martin, Manager, University Community Branch Library: We are so glad to finally see our neighbors face-to-face at the 12 libraries that have opened for limited in-person services. If you want to try it out, the nearest libraries are the La Jolla/Riford Library, Carmel Valley Library and Mira Mesa Library. At the University Community Library, 4155 Governor Drive, we continue to provide contactless pickup service but look forward to the day when we can open for basic services. In the meantime, check out the programs highlighted below. For the most up-to-date information about these programs, library hours and other services, call 858-552-1655 or go to

Mail Ballot Drop-Off Locations at North University Community Library (8820 Judicial Drive) and at University Community Library (4155 Governor Drive) in University City (92122) are open Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. On Election Day, Tuesday November 3, hours for dropping off completed mail ballots are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The In-N-Out Cover to Cover reading program is back and has gone virtual! Children will receive an award of one free hamburger or cheeseburger for every five books read, up to three awards! If you participated in a reading program with the Library in the last 3 years, you may already have an account with our book logging site, Beanstack. Please call the library at 858-552-1655 if you need help accessing your account.

UC Book Bundles – paperbacks for adults and children which are pre-selected and bagged for quick check-out. For kids, there are popular book series (such as Geronimo Stilton, Disney Fairies, Ninjago), new board books and more. For adults, there are popular authors and genres like cozy mysteries and thrillers. Each bundle is numbered, so you can keep track of the bags you’ve already borrowed. Check out the display at the front door of the library during open hours to make your selection!

  • Craft kits for kids – prepackaged supplies in bags with directions on how to make fun crafts.
  • Our Climate, Our Future children’s activity book – a free booklet with pages to color and draw, and information on how to tackle climate change.

Fall 2020 Virtual Library NExT Courses are here! All programs from September 24th through December 19th are online and will have live instruction via Zoom. Registration opens approximately one month prior to course date. Library NExT (Network of Education x Training) is a series of workshops for elementary, middle and high school students on topics including robotics, circuits and 64 + other STEAM subjects. Please note: class sizes are limited and fill up quickly. This San Diego Public Library program is a collaboration with UC San Diego Extension and Sally Ride Science.

Virtual Homework Help. The Do Your Homework @ the Library Virtual Homework Help ​is available 6 days a week to serve K-8th grade students. Homework help is available to students and their families for free. Math, English and science help will be available​Monday-Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Additional help in Spanish and weekend hours are available. Email registration is required to connect with the DYH@L Virtual Homework Help program. If you have questions or are interested in volunteering as a homework coach, contact the Do Your Homework @ the Library program at 619-238-6687. For more information and the full Virtual Homework Help schedule, go to

The San Diego Public Library Virtual Hub is a Facebook group where Library Staff and partnering organizations offer daily virtual programs for all ages including: read-alouds, crafts & DIY, book talks, and more! You might be surprised to recognize some of the faces. For more information, go to

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten: A Literacy Program for Pre-readers. The San Diego Public Library is pleased to offer an easy, fun and free program that puts children on the path to success. And yes, you can read 1,000 books. If you read just three books a day, you’ll reach your goal within one year. But even if you read just one book per day, you’ll reach the goal of 1,000 books in three years. Any time your child reads a book – or you read a book to them – mark it in the online or paper log. We encourage reading the same book several times – and each reading of the book counts.

How do I get a library card? You can apply for a library card online and be assigned a digital library card number that will expire after 30 days. Apply at: Customers may convert their digital library card into a physical library card by contacting any of our In-Person or Contactless Pickup Service locations. You can use the temporary digital card right away to place holds and download materials (such as ebooks, eaudiobooks and digital magazines), use electronic databases, take online classes, and much more.

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