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Library Annual Report

Library Strategic Vision


Library Facilities Master Plan

The City of Chula Vista is updating its Library Facilities Master Plan which serves as the blueprint for the City’s library facilities.



For more information on the Library Facilities Master Plan, please contact Betty Waznis, Library Director, at 619-691-5170, or via email at


Board of Library Trustees

The Board works with the Library Director; represents the needs of the community and advises the City Council on issues pertinent to the City's libraries; reviews library policies; provides feedback on library activities and plans.

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About the Library

Civc Center BranchThe Chula Vista Public Library, located in Chula Vista, California, is comprised of dynamic state-of-the-art libraries delivering information, books in English and Spanish, videos and CDs, and community programming to the City's residents nearly every day of the year.

All Chula Vista Libraries provide access to reference sources and updated information on library events, furthering our commitment to provide users with the latest information through innovative technology.

The South Chula Vista Branch Library (166,000 volumes) and the Civic Center Branch Library (236,000 volumes) offer full library service in English and Spanish.

History of The Library

1888 Chula Vista, once part of the Mexican Land Grant El Rancho de la Nacion and owned by the Santa Fe Railway and Land Company, was platted as a community

Concerned citizens formed the Chula Vista Library Association


Chula Vista incorporated as a city


The development of the lemon industry and the growth in population inspired community leaders to apply for a grant of $10,000.00 from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to the build a new library

1920s The library was the centerpiece of civic life through the Great Depression
1955 Population and economic growth again spurred the building of a new library

A combination of Federal Revenue Sharing and city financing resulted in building of a new bicentennial library on the site of the former F Street Elementary School


The state of the art South Chula Vista was built under the direction of renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legorretta


The promise made to the Carnegie Corporation in the Twentieth Century continues to be fulfilled in the Twenty-first Century with plans to meet the community's future informational needs through intellectual access, electronic access, and future new libraries.




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