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The Northgate Branch at 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., and the adjacent community center and park, opened Saturday, July 15, 2006. The branch was the 18th project completed under the "Libraries for All" building program. (See the Northgate Branch Building Fact Sheet.)


The branch was designed by The Miller|Hull Partnership and built by Absher Construction. ARC Architects provided site-planning services. Miller|Hull designed the buildings and the park to create an urban gathering place for the community. The buildings are connected through a common entry plaza, which also serves as a gateway to the park.


The books located high above the holds shelf and magazines were added by the design team as a way to clad and highlight the walls. The Friends of The Seattle Public Library donated the books.


The project won a gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. It has many aspects of sustainable design, including outdoor lights that cast light down and don't contribute to light pollution, and an underground, 149,000-gallon stormwater retention vault that collects runoff from the site and adjacent street to irrigate the park and the landscaping.


Artwork includes glasswork for the branch by Portland artist Dana Lynn Louis, metal waves for the plaza by Olympia artist Nikki McClure, and glass blocks, birdhouses and resting places by Portland artist Linda Wysong for the sidewalk and a pedestrian path. A sculpture by artist Rita Kepner, which previously was located at the old Central Library, also was installed at the site.


See Art at the Northgate Branch for more information.



Northgate is one of Seattle's fastest-growing communities and area residents have long wanted a library of their own.


In 1998, voters approved the $196.4 million "Libraries for All" (LFA) bond measure and The Seattle Public Library Foundation pledged to contribute privately raised money to improve the Library system. The plan included building a new branch in Northgate.


The Library joined forces with Seattle Parks and Recreation, which was looking for a site in Northgate for a community center and park. The departments bought property along Fifth Avenue Northeast, just north of Northeast 105th Street across from the Northgate Mall.


In 2003, the Library opened the Northgate Temporary Service Site on the property to help provide service while other branches in North Seattle were closed for construction. The temporary site closed a year later to prepare for construction of the new 10,000-square-foot branch library, the 20,000-square-foot community center and 1.67-acre park.


Construction began in March 2005 and was coordinated with street improvement work done by the Seattle Department of Transportation. The branch, community center and park opened Saturday, July 15, 2006.

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Northgate Branch
10548 Fifth Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98125



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