Library’s ‘brick’ fundraising reaches $500K

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SAN DIEGO – A fundraising campaign to help pay for San Diego’s new Central Library has raised more than $500,000, the San Diego Public Library Foundation announced Tuesday.

Screen Shot 2012-11-28 at 6.59.36 PMThe “Buy a Brick” campaign has resulted in 2,200 sales, ranging from $150 to $1,000, according to the foundation. The bricks, engraved with personal messages, will be displayed at the planned seven-floor building set to open in July.

“We stand behind the philosophy that just as bricks are the foundation of buildings, libraries are the foundation of knowledge,” said Mel Katz, foundation chairman. “The strong community support of our brick campaign and other facility naming opportunities has been wonderful.”

Donors who give $2,500 to $25,000 could have their name attached to the library, including study rooms, computer workstations, auditorium chairs and garden courtyard tables and chairs. Benches have sold out.

The $185 million library under construction near Petco Park will replace the main library on E Street and contain a charter school for 500 students in grades 9-12 on the top two floors.

Construction was begun on the strength of two previous fundraising campaigns that brought in about $70 million.

Information about the fundraising campaign is online at


  • guest

    There is nothing in the new library that can't be found online. This will become the most expensive homeless shelter ever.

  • Fred

    What a freakin eyesore!!!!!!!!!!

    Remember that they have no parking for the library or the school that is suppose to be in there.

    It's the "Build it and they will find parking" train of thought.

    This is Sanders' big goose egg!

  • Charlie

    There will be 250 parking spaces under the new Library on two levels that will be free for library users. Also, not sure are if you have noticed, but there are 500 spots across the street (Petco Park) that are available. Also also, the library is less than two blocks from two separate trolley stops.

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