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Release Date: 11/22/2016

Beacon Hill Branch Expected to Temporarily Close Jan. 9, 2017, for Refurbishing; Open House to Discuss Improvements Dec. 5

Beacon Hill Branch exterior

The Beacon Hill Branch, 2821 Beacon Ave. S., 206-684-4711, is tentatively set to temporarily close effective Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, for refurbishing. The book drop also will close.


The 10,400-square-foot Beacon Hill Branch opened in July 2004, thanks to the 1998 voter-approved "Libraries for All" bond measure that renewed and revitalized libraries across the city.


After 12 years of use, the branch needs new carpet. While the branch is closed for that work, the Library also will take the opportunity to make other interior improvements that support the changing ways that patrons are using libraries and respond to the thoughtful comments the Library has received from the public.


Improvements include upgrading the lighting, reconfiguring the teen and children's areas, adding power in seating areas and at tables, and moving the public computers closer to the print station.


Patrons are invited to learn more about the improvements at an open house at the branch from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5. City Librarian Marcellus Turner and other Library staff members will be on hand to answer questions.


While the branch is closed, patrons may choose any other Library location as a pickup location for items placed on hold and may return materials to any branch. If patrons don't select an alternate branch by Friday, Dec. 30, their holds will be sent to the Columbia Branch.


During the closure, the Library plans to hold several programs and classes at alternate locations. Alternate services will be confirmed after a firm closure date is set.


The Library expects to confirm the closing date in mid-December after construction bids have been reviewed. The refurbished branch is expected to reopen in February; a reopening date will be set once construction work is underway.


The Library is where the community comes together to share experiences, learn new skills, become entrepreneurs and successful students, take part in civic life and interact with one another.


Patrons tell us they want quiet study spaces, areas where they can use a multitude of devices and spaces where they can collaborate with others. Parents and caregivers want to sit together with their children to read or to use technology.


Improvements are designed to make it easier for patrons to interact with one another, create flexible, open, welcoming spaces throughout our buildings and improve access to technology.


The Library promised to protect the public's investment in its buildings as part of the 2012 voter-approved Library levy. The Beacon Hill Branch improvements are part of the Library's commitment to ensuring its buildings are well-maintained, clean and comfortable for patrons.


For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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