A much larger Skyline Hills Branch Library opened to the public Friday in San Diego.
The $13.2 million, 15,000-square-foot facility was built on 3.6 acres adjacent to where the previous library branch stood until it was demolished in August.
“Today, we’re opening more than doors to this library, we’re opening doors to a better future for all of Skyline,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The old building, which neighborhood leaders worked for years to replace, was 4,400 square feet. The replacement — at 7900 Paradise Valley Road — includes a multi-purpose area, outdoor reading patio, children and teen areas and a computer lab.
“The new Skyline Hills Branch Library is a community-centered facility that provides opportunities for free classes, free tutoring and homework help programs,” said Councilwoman Myrtle Cole, who represents the area. “It is going to be a vibrant community space for families and residents of all ages to gather.”
The library was the first to be built using a streamlined construction process adopted by the city, and will serve as a model for future branch projects, according to the mayor’s office.
UPDATED Oct. 14, 2016 at 4:49 p.m. to include mayor and councilwoman comments.
–City News Service
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