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Building Facts: Northeast Branch


Project description: Expand existing branch

  • Expand branch by 7,958 square feet
  • The expanded branch has an updated collection capacity of 66,700 books and materials, more seating, new computer work stations and instructional areas, a meeting room, better lighting, upgraded technology services and equipment, new carpeting, better seismic safety and energy-efficient windows.
  • The original 7,042-square-foot branch was built in 1954. It circulated a higher percentage of its collection than any other branch in the system.

Quick facts

  • Project type: Expand existing branch
  • Completion date: 2004
  • Budget for capital costs: $4.9 million
  • Total library program area: 15,000 square feet (formerly 7,042 square feet)
  • Computers: 34 (formerly 15)
  • Artist: Heather Dew Oaksen
  • Art budget: $55,124
  • Library Board steward: Eric Liu
  • Architect: The Miller|Hull Partnership
  • Contractor: Graham Contracting Ltd.


  • October 2009: The Northeast Branch reopened after a seven-week closure for refurbishing. Improvements included more space for holds, two more self-checkout computers and a reconfigured work room and interior book drop to increase efficiency of the space.
  • June 2004: The Northeast Branch of The Seattle Public Library opened at noon Saturday, June 26.
  • June 2003: Construction began on the branch expansion.
  • April 2003: The branch closed at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 19 to prepare for expansion.
  • February 2003: Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board issued the Certificate of Approval for the expansion plans.
  • July 2002: Residents attended an open house to view the expansion design.
  • January 2002: Residents attended a meeting to see the first images of the expansion project. A consultant hired to study traffic and parking patterns around the branch delivered its report to the Library.
  • May 2001: The Seattle Public Library board of trustees selected Capitol Hill artist Heather Dew Oaksen to design artwork for the project.
  • April 2001: Residents attended a "hopes and dreams" meeting to share ideas on services, collections, programs and artwork.
  • March 2001: The Library Board selected The Miller|Hull Partnership to design the expansion.
  • February 2001: Residents met architect finalists at a public reception.
  • January 2001: Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board voted to designate the Northeast Branch as a landmark building.
  • December 2000: Fifteen architects answered the Library's call to apply to design the branch expansion and renovation.
  • November 1998: Seattle voters approved the $196.4 million "Libraries for All" bond measure. The bond money, which could be used only for construction of libraries, funded a new Central Library and new and improved branches.


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Northeast Branch
6801 35th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115



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