Faster than you can recite your ABCs, it’s suddenly school time. If your little scholar needs a boost of brain power, visit a local public library that offers an inspiring place to hone concentration and study skills. From large tables and cubicles to homework help and study rooms we clap our hands in approval to these eight San Diego homework spots.

brianlibraryphoto: Encinitas Public Library

1. Encinitas Public Library
The first thing kids will want to do is dash to the small park across the street. Before hitting the books, allow them to let off a little steam. Then, your minnows can finish their school work quickly in the colorful circular fishbowl inspired children’s area with many large tables and chairs.

Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.

540 Cornish Dr.
Encinitas, Ca
760-753-7376
Online: sdcl.org/encinitas

2. Carlsbad Dove Library
After a recent renovation, the Dove Library is now open, and it’s been well worth the wait. The children’s area is a library, within the library. It has a toddler zone and separate spot for the elementary set. Tables and quiet help with focus and finishing homework. When done, computers, books, LEGO building, and magic performances are a terrific treat.

Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m.
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, Ca
760-602-2049
Online: carlsbadca.gov/dove

Library_Dove_Nikki_Walshphoto: Dove Library

3. Poway Community Library
Although there is no formal homework help at this branch they have a newer children’s section where in the back there are tables set-up for elementary study. You also can sign-up for one of the study rooms allocated in two hour slots. Reward diligence with computer time or join one of the often-planned activities for kids.

Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.

13137 County Highway S4
Poway, Ca
858-513-2900
Online: sdcl.org/poway

4. Carmel Valley Library
This outpost is a smaller library (no study rooms here), however, the library offers up tables to sit and do daily homework. On Saturdays, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. teens volunteer to help their younger peers with homework.

Hours: Mon. & Thurs.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tues. & Weds. 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 12:30-5 p.m.

3919 Townsgate Dr.
San Diego, Ca
858-552-1668
Online: carmelvalleylibrary.org

5. La Jolla Riford Library
Across the street from the Bishop School, this library has a few good study areas. Homework can be done at open tables, individual cubicles (a quieter zone) or in one of the two study rooms, all in the children’s section.

Hours: Mon. & Thurs.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tue. & Weds. 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 12:30-5 p.m.

7555 Draper Ave
La Jolla, Ca
858-552-1657
Online: sandiego.gov/lajolla

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6. La Mesa Library
Centrally located and a busy branch—young learners can head to the Children’s Section to do their work.

Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.

8074 Allison Ave.
La Mesa, Ca
619-469-2151
Online: sdcl.org/lomesa

7. Point Loma Library
Downstairs is dedicated to kids with a shapely-ship in the middle of the room. There are lots of tables to sit and do school work.

Hours: Mon. & Thurs.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tue. & Weds. 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 12:30-5 p.m.

3701 Voltaire St.
San Diego, Ca
619-531-1539
Online: sandiego.gov/pointloma

8. Central Library Downtown
Huge and nice it’s easy to find a good homework spot at this Children’s library. In addition, there is a homework help center that runs during the school year. If you live close-by it’s a studious spot.

Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.

330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, Ca
619-236-5800
Online: sandiego.gov/central

centralphoto: Central Library

Do you have a favorite study library you take your kids too? Let us know below.

—Nikki Walsh

featured photo: Stacy Coplin