The Mission Hills-Hillcrest Library is a welcome addition to West Washington Street, bringing new life to both communities it serves. The new library is vibrant and spacious for community events and revitalizes an area that was previously vacant and underutilized. The wood and stone on the library exudes the Craftsman charm of nearby houses, offering a home away from home for all to enjoy. The cave-like storytelling nook is an enjoyment for children of all ages; vivid colors catch the eye in the youth areas while neutral tones used throughout the rest of the library unify and balance. Abundant natural light spills into the library through skylights and large windows, and a folding glass door connects the Community Room to the front patio. This expandable room is perfect for hosting a variety of community activities and events while leveraging San Diego’s pleasant climate. “Folks will come here to learn, to learn to read, to find a job, use a computer, and to connect with the community, that is why this is hallowed ground,” Assemblymember Todd Gloria said at the library grand opening earlier this year.