By Eva Posner
The San Diego Central Library, “a dream 30 years in the making” according to T-shirts worn by the staff, is a dream on the cusp of being realized as it opens for business Monday, Sept. 30, at 9:30 a.m.
The library, located on the intersection of 11th Avenue and Park Boulevard downtown, opened to the public for a sneak peek on Saturday to much hype.
A street fair surrounded the library with activities for kids, booths from local businesses, nonprofits and groups, as well as performers who sang, danced, and walked the street in costume.
The public was limited to the first floor, which includes the architecturally striking lobby, computers, a children’s library, gift shop, courtyard, auditorium, and a portion of the library’s million available books.
The “sneak peek” was undoubtedly a sales pitch to San Diego residents to show that the effort and money spent since 1977, when the library was first proposed, was worth it. According to U-T San Diego, the final library budget was $196.7 million, $62.8 million of which was donated by private donors, whose names can be seen on beams and bricks throughout the building.
Judging by the massive crowd, the pitch worked. I know I’m going to get a library card.
All photos by Eva Posner