January 21, 2022

Interview: Deborah Barrow, Director of San Diego Public Library Talks with SD Union-Tribune

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

After decades of hoping and planning, San Diego gets a new Central Library next month. The $185 million downtown library features a steel-ribbed dome, a 352-seat auditorium and a charter school, which will be housed on two floors of the nine-story building. Library Director Deborah Barrow and e3 Civic High Executive Director Helen Griffith recently spoke with the U-T San Diego Editorial Board about the new library and charter school.

From the Interview

Q. In the digital age is there still a need for a massive building in the core of downtown to serve as a public library.

BARROW: The library has stayed abreast of the digital age. The library is one of the places that people could very early on come to use computers. We have taken that mission on as a place that continues to adapt to whatever the technology is at the time. We are more than just the books in a big facility. We are a place for people. There is some of everything that you need in a cultural, educated, city, and this is part of the reason the San Diego Public Library has been so important to the city. We are a major city in the nation. And now we are going to have a major library that matches that city.

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