The City of San Diego has broken ground on the new nine-story, 295,000-square-foot main central library that will also house a 76,000-square-foot San Diego Unified School District charter high school on the sixth and seventh floors.
Downtown School/LibraryDowntownSchool
330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
Located downtown on land bounded by 11th Street, Park Blvd., J Street and K Street, the new charter school will serve the growing downtown population and relieve capacity at San Diego and Lincoln high schools.  
The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) and the City of San Diego are cooperatively developing a high-quality, high-performing charter high school serving the students of the downtown and San Diego areas.  Numerous leaders with a wide range of business and education expertise are cooperatively developing the school’s design and themes. Friends of the San Diego Public Library is currently compiling a charter application to present to SDUSD in the fall. According to Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter School Association, “The Central Library Charter High School will become a national model because of its innovative approach, stockholder collaboration, and flexibility to meet student needs.”

The school will be independent from the library with its own dedicated ground-level entrance and lobby, its own circulation system, its own elevators and stairwell.
  • July 29, 2010: Construction begins on the new downtown school/library, marked with a celebratory groundbreaking ceremony.
  • April 26, 2010: San Diego Unified School District Board of Education approved lease with City of San Diego for two floors of the new main library building.
  • April 19, 2010: San Diego City Council approved lease with San Diego Unified School District.
SDUSD is contributing $20 million for a 40-year lease to house the charter school and an additional $10 million for tenant improvements and non-lease costs. Tenant improvements for the new school are tentatively scheduled to begin in 2012, with occupancy scheduled for September 2013.
About the Library:
The new library has been tabbed as a new regional center for learning and literacy, functioning at the center of the city’s 35-branch library system. Measuring more than twice the size of the current facility, it will have 400 computer workstations, free Wi-Fi access, a cafe and multiple community gathering spaces for events ranging from book readings to art displays and music performances. Bay view terraces, roof gardens and reading room under the lattice dome highlight some of the library’s more unique features. In its entirety, which includes the library, charter school, two levels of parking, auditorium and coffee bar, the complex totals nearly 500,000 square feet.
The library is scheduled to open in summer 2013.