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As San Diego’s Central Library turns 1, backers tout success; critics still question cost

“In its first year, the San Diego Central Library has become a domed landmark on the downtown skyline, a repository of the world’s cultural heritage, and a nine-story debate. In the era of Google and Netflix, smartphones and tablets, why should we have large urban libraries? “The library has exceeded our expectations, and we had high expectations,” said Mel Katz, immediate past chair of the San Diego Public Library Foundation, citing rising circulation figures and SRO attendance at library events. “This is so much more than a building with books and shelves. It is a community center, a place for people to meet and gather.” (via UTSanDiego.com)

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Central Library: A smile-filled sneak peek

“The San Diego Central Library, renamed and fully funded, opened for a smile-filled sneak peek in downtown’s East Village Saturday, with kids craning for a chance to check out a book and parents itching to see the panoramic views from the dome-topped roof.”I want to go over there and play on the computers,” Ernest Adams, 8, of La Mesa told his parents as they passed by the Denny Sanford Childrens Library on the ground floor. ” I want to read the Magic Tree House.” (via UTSanDiego.com)

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New library: Is this monument necessary?

“There are many impressive aspects to the new San Diego Central Library. The gleaming dome, the latest landmark on the city’s skyline, is one and a half times the size of the U.S. Capitol’s dome. The eighth floor reading room has comfy chairs and views of the Gaslamp, San Diego Bay, Coronado and the Pacific. The 2.8 million items shelved here range from the latest Dan Brown thriller to a CD collection that embraces Bach and “Blurred Lines.”

All notable features. But perhaps the most impressive thing about the new Central Library is the fact that it exists.” (via UTSanDiego.com)

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San Diego Public Library Foundation Announces $10 Million Matching Gift For New Central Library Naming Opportunities

“The San Diego Public Library Foundation announced that longtime supporters Joan and Irwin Jacobs are committing a $10 million matching gift to encourage others to join present donors in financially supporting the new San Diego Central Library. The gift will match dollar-for-dollar any new naming commitments up to $10 million, with name specified by the donor, received before the library’s Sept. 28, 2013 opening, including multi-year pledges with first payment in 2013.” (via San Diego Public Library Foundation)

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