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The Best Evidence


“The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man. —T.S. Eliot”


The La Jolla Riford Library has a rich history of serving the people of La Jolla and the surrounding San Diego communities for over 120 years. Today, we have stepped forward as a leader in innovation with the opening of one of the first science labs open free to the public. 

Most people have a vision in mind of what a library should be: a quiet place where you can sit and read books. And that is still true. We have 90,000 individual resources available to check out at the La Jolla Riford Library, including books, CD’s, DVD’s, magazines, and newspapers. Plus, we have access to over a million more titles through the San Diego Public Library network. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, we are also connected to libraries at UCSD, SDSU, USD, and Cal State San Marcos. 

Beyond what is thought of as the traditional library, we have expanded our services by opening our new Idea Lab, a space staffed by enthusiastic volunteers and is home to a pair of 3D printers, a Biosafety Level 1 laboratory and video editing computers. 

In addition, we have also added another featured service unique among all the libraries in San Diego, the Digital Memory Lab. Located in our History Room and also staffed by volunteers, the Digital Memory Lab allows patrons to preserve their cherished memories by digitizing old video and audio tapes, as well as photographs, slides, and negatives. Do you have family memories saved on VHS tape? Now you can use the lab to transfer those movies to a modern format, saved as digital files Click here for more information on the Digital Memory Lab or to book an appointment.

The La Jolla Riford Library also provides, free of charge, a wide-ranging selection of classes and programs to enrich and enhance the lives of our patrons. Children’s programs include multiple story times for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, basic fun science with our Big Science for Little People program and for older children, the Lego Builders Club and button making. Middle graders and teens can also learn how to make their own 3D designs in our monthly workshop and can participate in a unique book club which allows members to read and review books before they are published. For adults there are classes in senior safety and technology, writing groups, book clubs, health and wellness.

We are glad to provide meeting rooms for patron use. Our community room and seminar room are available free to the public for gatherings both public and private. Restrictions apply so read up on meeting room policy here: We even have two study rooms seating up to four people available on a first come first serve basis. 

With a foundation set firmly in the rich history of La Jolla’s past and with a clear view to the future, the La Jolla Riford Library leads the forefront in inspiring lifelong learning for all ages.

William Mallory, Librarian / Branch Manager