Escondido Public Library

Escondido Public Library

library_name = Escondido Public Library
established = 1894
num_branches = 1
annual_circulation = 930,000
pop_served = 140,766
budget =
director = Laura Mitchell
num_employees =
website =

The Escondido Public Library is a public library system serving the city of Escondido, which is situated in San Diego County, California.The collection of the library contains 371,500 volumes, circulates 930,000 items per year and serves a population of 140,766 residents. [cite web | title=Lib-Web-Cats: Escondido Public Library | work=Lib-Web-Cats | url= | accessdate=April 30 | accessyear=2008]

The library system consists of the Main Branch, the East Valley Branch, Pioneer Room, Computer Center, and a bookmobile.


The library has been serving Escondido since 1894 when it was a private library located in the small building which now sits in Grape Day Park. In 1898, the City of Escondido took over this library's operation, making the library a City-funded department. With Andrew Carnegie funds and a gift of land, a new library was built in 1910 on Kalmia and Third Avenue. [cite web | title=Carnegie Libraries: Escondido | work=Carnegie Libraries of California | url= | accessdate=March 14 | accessyear=2007] In 1956, because of limited space to serve a community of over 6,000, a new library building, now the Mathes Center, was constructed on the same spot. By 1980, Escondido had grown to 67,000 persons and the library incorporated children's and audiovisual services.Through the efforts of its trustees and City officials, revenue-sharing funds were set aside for a new facility. Library operations were moved in December 1980 into the present two-story, convert|40000|sqft|m2|sing=on building. In June 1996, the convert|13000|sqft|m2|sing=on East Valley Branch was opened in the [ East Valley Community Center] on East Valley Parkway. In December of the same year, the Pioneer Room was opened in the Mathes Center adjacent to the main library, and in 2000 the Computer Center was incorporated into this space.

Pioneer Room

Located in the brick Mathes Center building next to the Main Library on 247 S. Kalmia Street, the [ Pioneer Room] was established in 1992, with bequest from local historian Frances Beven Ryan (1901-1990). The research room and archives is a part of the Escondido Public Library that provides the community non-circulating reference material. The local history collection includes books, journals, photographs, and archival material. The family history genealogy research material primarily contains reference books.

Free WiFi (Wireless) Access

The library provides free Internet access points for users with portable computers or devices capable of receiving wireless signals.

First Thursday Concerts

The library hosts a [ monthly musical concert] , with a wide variety of musical styles: zydeco, jazz, country, latin, folk.


External links

* [ City of Escondido]
* [ Escondido Public Library]
* [,+Escondido,+CA+92025&ll=33.121558,-117.079239&spn=0.016318,0.042915 Map of the Main Branch]
* [,+escondido,+ca&ll=33.140067,-117.047224&spn=0.016314,0.042915 Map of the East Valley Branch]

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