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Richard Welsh Library: About



The mission of the Richard P. Welsh Library is to support the teaching and research needs of the faculty, students, and alumni of the NewSchool of Architecture and Design.


Todays Hours

Monday 9am - 9pm
Tuesday 9am - 9pm
Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 6:30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Hours During Breaks

Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm

The Library may be closed during breaks. Faculty and students will receive notification via email.

The library is closed on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and the day following
  • Christmas Eve 
  • Christmas Day

about the library


We are a well-stocked academic library with a collection of over 17,000 volumes covering all subjects offered at NewSchool. The collection is kept relevant and useful through the acquisition of new titles to support graduate and undergraduate study according to our Collection Development Policy. The library also offers a reference collection, an excellent selection of periodicals and access to electronic resources including databases, eBooks, and video streaming.



The library provides services to members of the NewSchool community and is open to the wider academic community and the general public. To schedule a visit please Contact the Library. 



NewSchool students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the San Diego Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) are automatically granted borrowing rights. Additional borrowing information can be found on our borrowing page.


Course Reserves

View Current Course Reserves. Where available, links to eBook versions are included. 


Reference and Instruction

Librarians at NewSchool teach introductory and advanced classes on the critical use and evaluation of academic research resources. We can offer virtual research support during library closure, and visit online classrooms.

Contact Us or visit the faculty resources page for more. 


Learning Outcomes

  • Library users will be able to locate and access resources utilizing appropriate search strategies within the library and beyond.

  • Library users will be able to critically evaluate information sources considering relevance, reliability, and authority.

  • Library users will be able to use information ethically and legally assigning credit for the source and ideas utilizing pertinent citation standards.

  • Library users will be able to apply discipline-specific research methods to accomplish a particular purpose.



The Richard P. Welsh Library is located on the NewSchool of Architecture and Design campus at:

1249 F St, San Diego, CA 92101

Entering from the F Street entrance the library is directly in front of you. NewSchool is a downtown campus, so if you plan to visit we recommend public transportation. There is on-street parking and paid lots in the area. 

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 RICHARD P. WELSH LIBRARY at NewSchool of Architecture +Design 1249 F Street San Diego CA 92101    MAP   (619) 684 8783

RICHARD WELSH LIBRARY at NewSchool of Architecture +Design

1249 F Street San Diego CA 92101

619 684 8783