Ribbon cutting for the new library in Hillcrest. Courtesy of the mayor’s office

Local and state officials celebrated the grand opening of a library branch Saturday that will serve Hillcrest, Mission Hills and surrounding neighborhoods.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Rep. Susan Davis, Assemblyman Todd Gloria, City Councilman Chris Ward and San Diego Public Library Foundation CEO Jay Hill attended the ceremony to celebrate the library’s opening.

More than 1,800 local volunteers lined the sidewalk to pass books to the new Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Harley and Bessie Knox Library at 215 West Washington Street.

The 14,000-square-foot building is more than thrice as big as the library it is replacing, which was built in 1961. According to the city, it includes designated space for teenagers and children, a community meeting area, study rooms, computer labs, an underground parking garage and LEAD gold certification for environmental design.

It is the second library branch built since Faulconer took office in 2014.

Named for the philanthropists who helped fund its construction, the Knox Library is expected to serve roughly 350,000 visits every year. The building was designed by Manual Oncina Architects and Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects.

Volunteers pass books to he new library in Hilllcrest. Courtesy City of San Diego
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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.