The Lake City Branch is expected to close in early 2018 for about six months for improvements that support the changing ways that patrons are using libraries. The book drop also will close.
Patrons are invited to learn more about the renovations at an open house at the branch from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23. Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner will make a brief presentation at 6 p.m., and then patrons will have the opportunity to ask questions and look at design boards. Patrons can drop in anytime during the open house for more information about the renovation and preliminary plans to hold programs at alternate locations while the branch is closed.
Originally built in 1965, the Lake City Branch was expanded as part of the 1998 voter-approved "Libraries for All" bond measure that renewed and revitalized libraries across the city. The larger building opened in October 2005.
While the expanded building served the community well, there continues to be a strong demand for collaborative space, basic computer instruction and staff help with technology in general. The branch also has the busiest Homework Help program in the system.
Improvements include adding about 1,600 square feet of public space by opening up the entrance and corridor, reconfiguring the interior layout to create flexible spaces for children, teens and adults, adding more outlets to charge devices, relocating the public computers, adding meeting space and soft seating, and combining service desks.
The improvements, which were informed by meetings with numerous community groups and individuals, are designed to make it easier for patrons to interact with one another, create flexible, open, welcoming spaces and improve access to technology.
The changes are part of Turner's vision for The Seattle Public Library. One of his five service priorities is "re-imagined spaces" - adapting and energizing Library spaces for new uses in keeping with changing services, programs, interests and needs of Library users and the changing ways that they use Library spaces.
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.
The Library promised to protect the public's investment in its buildings as part of the 2012 voter-approved Library levy. The Lake City Branch improvements are part of the Library's commitment to ensuring its buildings are well-maintained, clean and comfortable for patrons.
Questions? Please talk to a branch staff member or Ask A Librarian.
Open house news release