Old Central Library permanently closes doors

Old Central Library permanently closes doors


[trib_ndn vid=24872635]SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Central Library has closed for good to make room for a much larger facility several blocks away.

booksThe building at 820 E St. opened as the city’s main library in 1954.

For many who made one last visit Sunday, it was hard to say goodbye.

“It’s grown roots in the community. Everybody comes down here – knows this place,” said Chris Rogers, a frequent visitor and one-time library employee.

Library Department Director Deborah Barrow said Friday she visited the downtown library years ago as a high school student.

“Being able to come here and study with others was extremely important,” Barrow said.

However, a bigger facility has been needed for a long time, she said.

Margaret Kazmer, a former deputy library director, said she started working on planning for a new Central Library in 1983.

Grand opening for the new nine-story, $185 million…

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