Qualcomm founder offers $10M to library

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Screen Shot 2012-11-28 at 6.59.36 PMSAN DIEGO – Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs and his wife Joan will match up to $10 million in donations to the new San Diego Central Library until the facility opens in late September, the library’s foundation announced today.

The offer is designed to help the foundation reach its private fundraising goal, which remains $15 million short.  The project’s overall price tag is $185 million.  Most funds were raised from public sources including the San Diego Unified School District, which will operate a charter school on the top two floors.

The old main library was closed last month and collections are being moved to the new building.  Library officials say they’ll have much more space to display items previously kept in storage.

Irwin Jacobs issued a statement saying the new library “will be an ever-evolving resource for all San Diegans, and we invite you to join Joan, myself and your many fellow San Diegans who have committed to support this amazing facility.”

The Jacobs have already given $20 million to the project in the East Village, which is scheduled to open to the public on Sept. 28.

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