San Carlos Branch Library
Friends of the Library

San Carlos Branch Library
7265 Jackson Dr
San Diego, CA 92119

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Welcome to the Library Shop’s new and ever-changing version of  normal.  We are currently CLOSED to walk-ins but everything in Shop is now online! / $4.95 Flat Rate Shipping! / Free Local Delivery! (15 mile radius for deliveries, deliveries made on MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS ONLY.)    >Browse Our Inventory

Odi’s Library Day – A Children’s book, is now available

Did you know the San Diego Public Library has written and published its own children’s book? Written by Hunter Hackett and illustrated by SDPL’s own Anisi Baigude, a Library Assistant at the North Clairemont Branch, Odi’s Library Day is a bilingual board book for young readers to build a lifelong connection to libraries and books. In the story, ODI (Opportunity, Discovery, Inspiration) the Coyote visits the Central Library for the first time with their parent for a series of literary adventures.  During Odi’s visit they receive their first library card, attend a story time where they learn all about kites, discover the Innovation Lab and create their own kite, and finally, Odi is seen flying their kite with their story time friends with the iconic Coronado bridge in the background.  Copies are available for sale at the Library’s Library Shop.  Please visit  All proceeds support the San Diego Public Library.  You may also borrow the book from your branch library.

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a rich heritage thousands of years old and have both shaped the history of the United States and have had a huge cultural impact here in San Diego. We’ve put together a Shop curated reading list featuring some of the best books of the last few years written by Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders. Check out our curated list and purchase directly from our site and 30% of your purchase will support the San Diego Public Library System.

May Pop-Up Tour  Announced

The Library Shop is back on tour in May, visiting select SDPL branches with our famous Curbside Caravan. Convenient, safe, and socially distanced- shop curbside at your neighborhood Library! Noon–5pm, Wed.–Sat. May 5-22.  All proceeds support the San Diego Public Library.

Books Like Us: Winter Reading Challenge Now Playing on YouTube

Thank you to everyone who submitted Books Like Us videos in support of the Library’s Winter Reading Program and told us about the first time you “saw” yourself in a book. The full playlist is now available on the San Diego Public Library Foundation’s YouTube channel. Check out the videos to learn more about your fellow San Diegans’ reading experiences. Watch Here

Blind Date with a Book: A Virtual Dating Game

Dating in a pandemic is hard, but reading has never been easier! So great news broken hearts:  our virtual dating game edition of Blind Date With A Book is returning for a second round! Willing to open your heart to a FREE book? Sign Up to become a contestant now and you’ll have the choice of a blind date with one of three books hand-picked by booksellers and librarians. To determine which one is compatible you’ll get to ask three questions and no matter how your date ends, you won’t get stiffed with the check because the book you select will be delivered to your door free of charge to keep forever without the fear of commitment or the expense of a wedding!  Willing to open your heart to a FREE book? Visit Virtual Dating Game to become a contestant now!  Not ready to make the leap or already in a long-term relationship with a book? You can still be part of the audience as we share some of our favorite books at this free and open to the public virtual event!

  The Library Shop is a non-profit book & gift store located in the courtyard of the Downtown Central Library sponsored by the FSDPL and the SDPL  Foundation.  As the plans for Downtown Central Library were being developed, space was set aside for a Library Gift/Book Shop to be located on site. It features a wide selection of well-curated books, gifts, cards, jewelry, and more. Proceeds support all 36 San Diego Public Libraries.  Life-members of the Friends of the Library receive 10% off all purchases. The Library Shop also sponsors monthly special events for youth and adults. To find out more about the Library Shop, their hours of operation, monthly special events, speakers, books and materials, go to  Library Shop  or call the Library Shop at 619-236-5802.