San Diego Public Library Resources

The library's regular acquisition program, augmented by donations from SDFWA specifically for woodworking books, has allowed the San Diego Public Library to assemble an extensive collection of books and other material on subjects of interest to woodworkers. It is difficult to say exactly how many books there are, but a search of the catalog for subjects below can return a few hundred to a couple thousand titles. These materials are available to anyone with a public library card, and include books, videos, electronic books, and magazines. To get you started, here are several subject categories which link directly into the SD Public Library catalog...



Woodworking Tools


Wood Finishing


Furniture Making



Wood Carving

Wooden Toys


Most of the woodworking books are housed at the downtown library. While any library materials can be requested and sent to a branch library near you, if you want to browse through these books in person, visiting the new Central Library is an adventure. The blue and orange trolley lines go right by the front door of the new library building. If you drive, there is free underground parking - that entrance is off of 11th Avenue.


Once you get inside the impressive building, look for the main woodworking section - Dewey Decimal number 684 - on the second floor. Go up the escalator or elevator, then go all the way back and to the left, towards the northwest corner of the building. Books on carpentry (694), woodworking tools (621.9) and boat building (623) are in the same area. Books on furniture can be found under Dewey Decimal number 749 - which are located way up on the 8th floor. Other books on wooden toys (745.592) and carving (736) are nearby. Make sure to check out the skyline views from the 8th floor reading room, and the 9th floor deck and garden under the library building's iconic dome.


The pleasant folks at the reference desk can help you find anything else. And don't forget to validate your parking ticket on the way out.