About the Fallbrook Library

The concept of a “library” has evolved to mean more than just a repository for books and old documents.  Today’s libraries are centers of learning and research,  providing electronic access to a world of information, as well as printed texts.  The new Fallbrook Library is all of these, as well as a community gathering place, an art-filled showplace that is the centerpiece of the community.  The building itself is a work of art created by local artists and artisans.

A brief history:

The Fallbrook Library was established In 1913 by the Saturday Afternoon Club (the forerunner of the Fallbrook Woman’s Club) and was located in Hardy’s Drug Store. It was the first branch in the San Diego County Public Library system.  The library has moved eight times; the first building at its current location was built in 1969 and was about the size of a large home: only 4,300 square feet.  This building was destroyed by arson April 1, 1985,  and an 8,100 square-foot building was rebuilt in 1987 at the same location.  Today the Fallbrook Library circulates over 240,000 items per year (an increase of 24% in one year), and it is among the top eight of the 32 branches in the County  in terms of usage.  There are more than 26,000 library cardholders in the Bonsall, DeLuz, Fallbrook and Rainbow areas.

Today’s Library:

San Diego County Library cardholders have free access to 33.7 million books, movies and music.  From downloading books to findiexpert information about investing, jobs and health, patrons learn how to save money and build better lives.  Additionally, library customers enjoy a variety of free programs for all ages.

For a complete schedule of activities and opportunities at the Fallbrook Branch, click HERE and select the online calendar.

Sample Services:

  • Concerts
  • Educational workshops (legal, financial, health and more)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Health screenings
  • Computer classes
  • Entertainment (music, lectures, author appearances)
  • Book discussions
  • Kids and Teens (storytimes, clubs, tutors, volunteer opportunities)
    • Family center
    • Homework center
    • Teen area


  • FREE  WIFI wireless connectivity
  • Computer lab
  • Digital information center
  • Automated book check out and return
  • “Virtual Branch” – located at www.sdcl.org offers cardholders 24/7 self-service to sign up for a library card, request materials, access premium resources or download books from home.

Community Meeting Space:

  • Community Room (seats up to 200)
  • Study/meeting rooms (various sizes for study, instruction and meetings)

Special Collections:

  • Arts
  • Garden and Landscape
  • Children (early readers), Juvenile and Young Adults
  • Spanish for all ages
  • Genealogy resources
  • Healthcare materials
  • Large print and audio books
  • DVDs, CDs