Fhoto Friday--San Diego's New Public Library Genealogy Section
I went downtown yesterday to visit the New San Diego Central Library and thought I would share some insights about the Genealogy Section. I call it Genealogy Section; but it is listed on the Library's web site as Special Collections, with an obscure reference to genealogy. I really find that misleading because I looked at almost every shelf of books and they are about "Genealogy" and should be referred to as such! I will, therefore, refer to it as the Genealogy Section throughout the remainder of the blog (and in the future--forever).
The library has been open now for almost two months; but there was still evidence that it is not a finished product. Several of the parking stalls in the underground two-level garage are still filled with construction material. The main elevator is not yet serviceable and, yesterday, one of the two remaining elevators was undergoing repairs. Since the genealogy section is on the top (9th) floor, it took a lot of patience as the one working elevator stopped at every floor, with large numbers of people waiting to get on going both up and down. Hopefully, this is a temporary problem.
I stopped on the 1st floor to get a library card and the process was very efficient. It does help if you fill out the application online before going to the library. They immediately pulled it up and printed out my card. You do need a photo ID to prove San Diego residency; but your photo is not included on the library card.
|San Diego Central Library|
Throughout the library their is a nice feeling of openness and light. Additionally, being on the top floor, the genealogy section has a wonderful view from the row of large windows looking southwest toward the bay.
The photo below is of the Reading Room, which has also been dubbed "The People's Penthouse". As you can see from this view looking down from the 9th floor terrace, it is very open and airy. The room is three stories high, extending upward toward the dome.
|8th Floor--Reading Room (People's Penthouse)|
Below is the view from the 9th Floor Terrace looking up at the dome with the glass enclosed, three story 8th Floor Reading Room in the foreground.
|9th Floor View of Dome|
As you get off of the elevator on the 9th floor and look directly ahead one sees the view below which is the entrance to the Special Collection and Rare Books, which includes the Genealogy Section.
The below photo is of the 9th Floor Terrace area immediately adjacent to the Genealogy and Rare Books section (left of terrace in this view). The glass walled area on the right of the photo looks down on the 8th floor Reading Room.