From 1969 to now: Transformation of the Skyline Hills library

For years, the Skyline Hills Branch Library was difficult to find. Tucked behind an auto repair shop, adjacent to a strip mall, it was easy to drive right past the small deteriorating building.

Now, at more than 15,000 square feet, the sparkling new library is a beacon for the community.

“We are amazed, I just can’t stress how thankful we are,” said Angie Portello, a Skyline Hills resident.

Hundreds of students joined City and community leaders on Friday, Oct. 14, to open the doors at the new Skyline Hills Branch Library. Almost one year since the project team broke ground, the facility is ready to serve this diverse community, with an emphasis on technology and programs. The building features a dedicated teen zone, children’s space, more than 50 public computers and 38,000 materials for check out.

“Our community has been underserved for so long, to get a state-of-the-art facility in this district means a lot to me,” said City Councilmember Myrtle Cole. “This is what we deserve, and I’m looking forward to building more buildings like this, because this is what our community wants.”

With a multi-purpose community room, the library will host educational events throughout the year. The environmentally-friendly design incorporates LEED Silver certification standards and access for persons with disabilities. Public artwork on the outer walls and inside the library consists of metal sculptures intended to resemble fluttering clusters of birds. The artists were inspired by the way that libraries draw people in.

City leaders said the project will set the standard for new library buildings in San Diego.

“This is a new jewel in our library system,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer. “We’re opening doors to a better future for everyone here in Skyline.”

During the opening weekend, library staff issued more than 200 new library cards. For more information on programs and library hours, visit