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Two new libraries will be ready for patrons to check out

Four San Diego communities will be getting new places to read, study and surf the Web, as a couple of the oldest libraries will be replaced.

The first will be in San Diego’s District 4, where Skyline Hills and Paradise Valley will get a $13.2 million library. The single-story 15,000 square-foot facility will have children and teen areas, studying rooms, computer lab, multipurpose area, improved services for the disabled, indoor kitchen, outdoor reading patio and coffee kiosk.

The library will be built to meet LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council with features such as bioswale stormwater retention landscaping, a rooftop photovoltaic panel system and electric-vehicle charging stations.

The facility will be on a 3.6-acre lot west of the existing Skyline Hills Branch Library at 7844 Paradise Valley Road. The existing 4,400 square-foot library was built in 1969.

Barnhart-Reese Construction and NTD Architecture will be the design-team. San Diego Councilwomen Myrtle Cole and Public Works Department staff released the names Wednesday.

Construction on the two-year project is scheduled to start in the fall.

Funding for the new library comes from a Deferred Capital Bond, $10 million; and from the city’s Library System Improvement Fund, $3.2 million.

The old Skyline library will be demolished once the new one is completed, and the land will be part of the new library’s access and parking.

The San Diego City Council accepted two $5 million donations May 20 to complete funding for the $20.25 million Mission Hills/Hillcrest Branch Library.

The expected 15,000-square-foot building is still under design by Architects Mosher Drew. The public has had the opportunity to comment at several community meetings over the year.

Design plans are scheduled to be released in June, according to the city.

The District 3 library will be at the southwest corner of Washington and Front streets, north of Florence Elementary School and will replace the Mission Hills Branch Library, built in 1961, at 925 W. Washington Street.

The city bought the vacant International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers building 10 years ago.

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