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Release Date: 11/03/2006

University Branch closes a chapter: Doors expected to close for renovation Dec. 2, 2006

The Seattle Public Library's University Branch, 5009 Roosevelt Way N.E., is tentatively scheduled to close at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, for renovation.

The date is tentative because the Library is currently advertising for general contractor bids, which will be opened Nov. 16. The closure date will be finalized once the bids are received and reviewed.

During the closure, the Library will add staff to nearby branches to help meet the need for library service. Librarians also will continue community outreach to children and young adults and will make school visits in the branch's service area.

The closest branches to the University Branch are: the Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., 684-7547; the North East Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., 684-7539; the Northgate Branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., 386-1980, and the Wallingford Branch, 1501 N. 45th St., 684-4088.

Users may choose any other Library location as a pickup location for items placed on hold, interlibrary loan requests or purchase suggestions. Patrons may return Library materials to any branch. If University Branch patrons don't select an alternate branch, their holds will be sent to the Green Lake Branch.

Saturday, Dec. 2 is the last day to pick up an item on hold, or check out or return materials at the University Branch. The book drop, however, will stay open until 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15.

Hoshide Williams Architects designed the renovation so patrons and staff could more efficiently use the interior space. The project also includes improved ventilation, more electrical, communications and computer connections, upgraded technology services and equipment, and an improved mechanical system. In addition, the Library will update the collection of books and materials.

The branch, which opened in 1910, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a landmark building by Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board. The Library worked with the landmarks board throughout the design process to preserve the architectural character of the branches.

After the branch closes, staff will prepare the books and other materials to be moved out of the building. The collections and furniture will be stored while the building is being renovated.

Assuming the Library receives satisfactory contractor bids, construction work will begin after the building has been emptied. The renovated branch is projected to reopen in the second half of 2007 after the furniture, equipment, books and materials are moved back into the building.

The project is part of the $196.4 million "Libraries for All" bond measure that Seattle voters passed in 1998. The bond money, which can be used only for construction of libraries, is funding new and improved branches, in addition to the new Central Library.

To date, the Library has completed the new Central Library and the Ballard, Beacon Hill, Capitol Hill, Columbia, Delridge, Douglass-Truth, Fremont, Green Lake, Greenwood, High Point, International District/Chinatown, Lake City, Montlake, NewHolly, North East, Northgate, Rainier Beach, South Park, Wallingford and West Seattle branches. Several other branches are in the planning, design or construction phase.

The Seattle Public Library Foundation continues to raise funds from private sources to enhance the public bond commitment and keep pace with the demands of patrons for a high level of library service. Every dollar raised will ensure a level of excellence in the Library's facilities, collections, and programs that would not be possible through its tax-based support alone.

For more information, visit the Library's Web site at

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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