San Carlos Branch Library
Friends of the Library

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

Library Shop

We are open Monday-Saturday Mon/Tues (11:30am-5:30pm) & Wed-Sat (10:30am-5:30pm).Plus we're currently offering $5.95 Flat Visit the Library Shop this season for all your holiday gifts.    7th Annual Matchbook Contest:  Submit your entry before November 15.  San Diego's Shortest (and Quirkiest) Short Story Contest open to individuals and groups. Just $5 for a chance at Matchbook Immortality. And this year Library Foundation SD Trustee Judith Wenker will Quadruple Match your entry fee with a $20 donation for the Library! Plus a new way to enter the contest with your entire organization. Click Enter HERE to get started.    Meet our 2022 Match Book Contest... Continue Reading >

How San Carlos Got Its Library

  What factors came together that spearheaded the building of our current San Carlos Branch Library? The answer: San Carlos  Community activists and a non-fulfilled promise. In the 1960s, the Tavares Development Company assured buyers that the new San Carlos area would quickly become a complete neighborhood, with retailers, eateries, churches, fire houses, parks & rec centers, schools, and a library.  By 1970, this mission had been accomplished, minus the library. Here is the story of "How San Carlos Got A Library," as told to  us by an early San Carlos  resident, parent, volunteer, author and SCFOL Life member, Toni Noel.... Continue Reading >


Become a SCFOL Life Member before October 30 to have your name added to this year's Honor Wall plaque displayed in the Winer Family Community Room and Art Gallery.   ANNUAL memberships received after October 1st are valid through December 31, 2024.   INDIVIDUAL LIFE Memberships are only $250.  Since SCFOL's founding in 1982, 143 individuals have become SCFOL Life-Members.  SCFOL annually donates funds (matched by the City of San Diego), to support the SDPL system. The source of our funds is revenue from your memberships, donations and SCFOL Used Book Sale purchases, which in turn allows our Branch to purchase materials,... Continue Reading >

Welcome to San Carlos…Learn Its History

San Diego saw rapid expansion in the post-war 50s, and San Carlos was one of many new areas developed. Here are some insights into its history.  In 1958, Carlos Tavares gave his own name to San Diego’s San Carlos; he had given his wife's name, Claire, to San Diego's Clairemont.  Both areas were  developed by the Tavares Development Company. The San Carlos tract, located near San Diego State, is in the farthest northeast corner of San Diego, adjacent to Santee, La Mesa, and El Cajon. It was created out of the annexation of 4200 acres of land around Lake... Continue Reading >