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Fact Sheet for Improvements to the Greenwood Branch

The Greenwood Branch was closed Feb. 13-April 16, 2017, for refurbishing. The branch closed again June 26-July 4, 2017, for a brief second phase of work to install an exterior glass wall. The fully refurbished branch reopened July 5, 2017. A public celebration was held July 15, 2017. 


After 12 years of heavy use, the interior was improved to support the changing ways that patrons are usng libraries. Patrons say they want quiet study spaces, areas where they can use a multitude of devices and collaborate with others, and spaces where they can sit with their children to read or use technology.


The changes were designed to make it easier for patrons to interact with one another, create flexible, open, welcoming spaces and improve access to technology.


The 15,000-square-foot Greenwood Branch, which opened in January 2005, was built under the 1998 voter-approved "Libraries for All" bond measure that renewed and revitalized libraries across the city.

Project description:

  • Add a laptop bar in teen area
  • Consolidate service desks to make it easier for patrons to know where to get help and to free up space for other Library purposes
  • Add soft seating
  • Add electrical outlets to tables
  • Add outdoor seating
  • Reposition the public computers to reduce glare
  • Add eight laptops and two iPads that patrons can borrow to use inside the branch
  • Recarpet
  • Upgrade restrooms
  • Upgrade meeting room
  • Remove indoor-outdoor boulder from children's area due to ongoing moisture problems and move it across the street to a parcel designated to become a community park.



  • Approximately $730,000
  • Sources of funds
    • 2012 Library levy
    • Real Estate Excise Tax
    • Library gift fund


 Key dates:

  • Jan. 30, 2017: Open house to describe improvements
  • Feb. 3, 2017: Holds pickup location changes to Broadview Branch or Ballard Branch unless patrons have selected a different branch
  • Feb. 12, 2017: Last day to check out or return materials at the Greenwood Branch  
  • Feb. 13, 2017: Greenwood Branch closed 
  • February through April 2017: Afternoon book discussion group relocated to Ballard Branch. Evening book discussion group relocated to Broadview Branch
  • Feb. 7 through April 18: Green Lake Branch hosts tax help sessions from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays
  • Feb. 23 through March 30: Pop-up library and story time on Thursdays at Green Bean Cafe. Pop-up: 11 a.m. Story time: 11:30 a.m.
  • Feb. 24 through April 7: Green Lake Branch open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays 
  • March 7: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss pop-up library, crafts, bookmobile at Phinney Neighborhood Association
  • April 17, 2017: Refurbished Greenwood Branch reopens
  • June 17, 2017: Holds temporarily suspended for the duration of the closure for the second phase of construction work
  • June 24, 2017: Last day to pick up holds before closure
  • June 26, 2017: Greenwood Branch closed for installation of custom glass
  • July 5, 2017: Fully refurbished Greenwood Branch reopens
  • July 15, 2017: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Reopening celebration with refreshments and entertainment


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

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Greenwood Branch
8016 Greenwood Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103



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Regional Manager:
Darth Nielsen

Contact Person:
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Tel: 206-386-4636

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