Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer

City of San Diego |

Expand hours and programming of City libraries and recreation centers

The San Diego Public Library system serves the educational, cultural, business, and recreational needs of San Diego’s diverse communities through its Central Library, 35 branch libraries, and the adult literacy program READ/San Diego.

Fiscal Year 2016 saw the restoration of core branch library hours to 48 hours per week for the first time since 2003 and strategically expanded library services on weekends.

The San Diego Public Library system is the region’s top provider of free educational and cultural programming. Attendance at free library programs has more than doubled since 2010.

Number of people attending all City library programs by fiscal year

Source: City of San Diego Public Library

Number of all City library programs

Source: City of San Diego Public Library

Recreational programs, team sports, and activities help build self-esteem, confidence, social harmony, independent thinking, and self-discipline while improving overall health and promoting conflict resolution skills for youths and adults.

Programs offered at parks throughout the City vary, but can include interpretive nature programs, ceramics, learn-to-swim, karate, gymnastics, dance, soccer, basketball, water polo, nature walks, golf, day camps, softball, holiday and cultural events, outdoor movies, senior activities, tiny tot classes, and therapeutic recreation.

Enrollment in recreation center programs by fiscal year quarter

Source: City of San Diego Park & Recreation Department