San Diego County Library

2023-24 Adopted Budget $66.5M

With 33 branches, four electric bookmobiles, five kiosks, countless special events, and a team of enthusiastic and creative team members, San Diego County Library offers residents a physical and virtual hub of education, entertainment, and culture. Every year, five million customers take advantage of SDCL's 30,000 programs and services, checking out more than 11 million items, including books, CDs, DVDs, and more.

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Protecting the Climate & Natural Resources $8.9M

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions (fleet and solar)
  • Fallbrook Library Zero Net Energy reduces greenhouse gases $1.6M
  • Begin transition from diesel to EV for Pool Vehicles $0.1M
  • Digital collection filled with downloadable books, audiobooks, and magazines $4M
  • Operating Zero Net Energy designed libraries (Alpine, Imperial Beach, Borrego Springs, Lakeside) $3.2M
  • Implement departmental sustainability plans

Supporting How You Live, Work & Recreate $32.8M

  • Operate 33 branch libraries, 4 electric bookmobiles and 5 automated book kiosks, including branches in 11 cities $31.1M
  • Learning & education including programs like art classes, homework help, and cultural performances as well as digital databases for study, professional development, and language learning $1.7M

Infrastructure Safety $2.6M

  • Ongoing maintenance programs to keep our library branches safe and clean $2.6M

Empowering the Community $17.2M

  • Operate Library High School to help people secure diplomas $0.2M
  • Improve accessibility through annual ADA improvements at County facilities
  • Train team members on equity, diversity, and inclusion topics $0.5M
  • Use data to understand and track community needs
  • Adult Literacy $0.3M
  • Policy: resources to monitor changes in regulations, develop policy and coordination with other jurisdictions $0.1M
  • Provide access to community gathering space (LibCal, A/V, plus renovations) $0.5M
  • Provide 24/7 free Wifi at library facilities (connectivity)
  • Distribute 7,400 grant-funded laptops and mobile hotspots (ECF grant program) $0.1M
  • Translate information into eight languages $0.2M
  • Offer library materials in world languages spoken locally $0.1M
  • Provide citizenship training $0.2M
  • Curate a responsive collection across digital and print books $6.8M
  • Provide Free Little Libraries & mini libraries
  • Early learning programs $0.1M
  • Technology & Digital Divide $6.2M
  • Mobile outreach to underserved communities $0.1M
  • Provide youth employment opportunities $0.9M
  • Offer digital access to thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world in more than 60 languages

Protecting Health $0.1M

  • Influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Love Your Heart blood pressure checks
  • Food distribution programs
  • Full time social service worker (40 hrs/wk) $0.1M

Capital Projects $21.8M

  • Casa de Oro Library $21.8M

FY 23-24 Summary

Budget in Millions


Change from FY 22-23 is 13.2%

Team Members


Change from FY 22-23 is 2.1%

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