As you may already know, in line with County health guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all public libraries (including the La Jolla/Riford Library) have been closed since March 16, 2020 until further notice. Here is the most recent update to library services (as of May 7, 2020):

• Checked-Out Items: Due dates for library materials have been extended to June 12, 2020

• Library Accounts: Expiration dates between February 17 – June 29, 2020 are extended to June 30, 2020

• Questions: Library staff can answer phone calls on weekdays from 9am – 5pm. The La Jolla/Riford Library’s phone number is (858) 552-1657. You can also email your questions to

• Bookdrops are closed until further notice

Also, here is a link to Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Library Closure.


The doors may be closed in our buildings, but our San Diego Public Library librarians are working hard to bring storytimes, crafts, science activities, and more to those staying at home. Join our SDPL Stay-In Storytime Club Facebook group to gain access to a variety of daily and weekly programs. Here is our current schedule* of activities:

•  Stay-In Storytime Dailies – weekdays, 10:00am – Storytime Shorts with librarians across SDPL

•  Lunch Bunch: A Story-a-Day with Ms. Angie – weekdays, 12:00pm – Follow along as Ms Angie reads a chapter a day of a beloved story.

•  Bilingual Time with Bibliotecaria Ady – Fridays, 10:00am – Have fun with Bibliotecaria Ady as she sings songs and has fun in Spanish and English.

•  Simple Science for Staying-In – Wednesdays, 2:00pm – Join Ms. Dana as we bring science to life with fun and easy activities for children.

• Getting Crafty – Saturdays, 10:00am

•  Art of Cartooning Online – Saturdays, 12:00pm

•  Performer Spotlight – Sundays, 10:00am

•  Weekend Reads – Saturdays, 5:00pm

•  Children’s Stories with Mayor Kevin Faulkner – Sundays, 5:00pm

* Scheduling subject to change, adjustments made depending on the situation.


Looking for new ways to keep your mind occupied while you’re at home? Enjoy hours of discovery and exploration in our eLibrary databases! We’ve got a range of educational opportunities for our youngest patrons to our oldest, all you need is your library card number and password. Don’t have a library card? We’ve got you covered! Get temporary access to many of our eLibrary databased by signing up at and be sure to write down your temporary ID and password. Here are just a few of our free electronic resources:


•  Cloud Library – Borrow a wide array of eBooks and eAudiobooks.

•  Brainfuse Help Now – Provides homework assistance and live tutoring for students in elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and even adult education.

•  Testing & Education Resources Center – Practice for the ACT, SAT, GMAT, or GED tests.

•  Gale Courses – Sign up for a variety of online classes

•  Rosetta Stone – Learn or practice a new language.

To see the full range of databases we have available, visit:

Educational Apps for Kids


Learn from home by downloading any of these fun, engaging apps for children of all ages on your cell phone or tablet!

Click here for a complete list of educational apps, which are also included on the library's iPad station known as the Krayon Kiosk.

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