About Us :: Message From The President

Today’s Library – More than just books



I remember distinctly when I got my first library card. It was a solemn occasion when my mother took me into the tiny little library branch that served Pacific Beach in the ‘60s.


It was a hushed and quiet place and quite intimidating. In the back, there was a room marked “Adults only” and children were to be seen (and not much of that) and certainly not heard. I was undeterred and conquered the Dewey Decimal system (a file drawer full of 3x5 paper index cards in that decade) with the greatest enthusiasm. Reading was a joy, an escape, an adventure, an eye-opener, a learning experience. I was enthralled, and that has never changed.



Today’s libraries are no longer those “adults only” spaces, but rather vibrant and full — welcoming of every age and interest, and exploding with ideas and opportunities. Your La Jolla Branch Library librarians, Shaun Briley and Angie Stava, and all our staff, are the finest anywhere, engaging enthusiastically to be sure every patron is able to get the very most out of what our nationally recognized library has to offer. There is a famous quote by noted British author Neil Gaiman: “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.” So please take advantage of it!


Perhaps the most valuable thing in your wallet, your library card gives you free access to the internet, classes, lectures, academic databases, newspapers and magazines from all over the world, and — of course —  to our system-wide catalogue of more than 5 million books. There is no more powerful tool.


As always, we are so grateful to you, our patrons and supporters. Your branch library is a reflection of our community, and both are jewels in the crown of San Diego. If you haven’t already, please join the Friends group online at lajollalibrary.org or pick up a Friends of the La Jolla Branch Library membership envelope at the front desk. We want to keep you updated on all the superb things we are able to offer. It is our donors’ generosity and friendship that allow the La Jolla Library to be the world class library we are. We appreciate your support!


With best wishes to all for a happy new year,

Sallie Warren

President, Friends of the La Jolla Public Library