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The San Diego Public Library is an increasingly important center for preparing people to succeed in the workplace and to be qualified for college. Library Foundation donors support numerous innovative programs that help San Diegans succeed in school and the workplace.


Library NExT (Network for Education x Training) is an exciting partnership between the Library Foundation, Library and UCSD that helps prepare underserved middle and high school students for college and the workforce. Through cutting-edge education and counseling programs, Library NExT increases access to advanced science, technology, engineering, arts and math education, college preparation assistance and workforce development training. The program currently offers workshops and activities at 15 San Diego Public Library locations, with plans to expand to all 36 Library locations by 2022.

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The San Diego Public Library is evolving into a key space for community members to learn and develop critical STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) skills. Library patrons can access free education on these topics in IDEA Labs. The labs house computers, 3D printers, and other state of the art technology and equipment and offer workshops and classes on coding, computer programming, robotics, and 3D printing. Currently located at three libraries with plans to expand to five additional libraries, IDEA labs provide youth and adults the opportunity to develop 21st century job skills.

Top-quality, free Library programs create an interest in 21st century careers among middle school students. — Computer programming class at San Carlos Library


The San Diego Public Library’s Career Online High School offers adult students a chance to earn a nationally accredited high school diploma while preparing for a career in one of eight high-demand, high-growth fields. The program offers students the flexibility to take classes online and access schoolwork 24/7, while receiving support and free educational resources at their local library. Scholarships are funded by Library Foundation supporters and allow motivated students a second chance at success.

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