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.
The “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 supportmylibrary.org.