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College-Rolando Branch Library

Illustration of College/Rolando Branch Library
Location:6600 Montezuma Road
Architect:McGraw/Baldwin Architects
Size:15,465 square feet
Construction:Completed September 2005
Estimated Cost:$6.1 million

About the New Library

The new College-Rolando Branch Library had its grand opening on Sept. 9, 2005. The 15,222-square-foot facility is a state-of-the-art library and is three times larger than the old College Heights Branch it replaces.

The new library features a computer lab, community meeting room, seminar rooms and a large children’s area. It also offers wireless Internet access, a fireplace and an outdoor patio. Access to the 65-space parking area will be provided from both Reservoir Drive and Mohawk Street.

In addition, the College-Rolando Branch is the first of four libraries to feature a Preschooler’s Door to Learning Center that will provide services that allow young children to discover the pleasures of reading and learning.

Three years of community meetings and discussions about the location, amenities and design of the new library resulted in a building that reflects the diverse histories and interests of the College and Rolando communities.

This project was part of a citywide program to build or improve 24 libraries throughout San Diego. The College-Rolando Branch is the third completed project, following the construction of a new Point Loma/Hervey Branch and an expanded La Jolla/Riford Branch. Currently under construction are an expanded Otay Mesa-Nestor Branch and new branches for North University Community and Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa.

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