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Building Facts: Rainier Beach Branch


Project description: Expand existing branch

  • Expand branch by 5,994 square feet.
  • The expanded branch has an updated collection capacity of 66,700 books and materials, more seating, new furniture and book stacks, upgraded technology services and equipment, more electrical, communications and computer connections, more efficient circulation desk and additional work areas, better acoustics and noise control, improved lighting inside and outside the building, and a new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system.
  • The original 9,006-square-foot branch was built in 1981 and was upgraded in 1986. 

Quick facts

  • Project type: Expand existing branch
  • Completion date: 2004
  • Budget for capital costs: $3.1 million
  • Total library program area: 15,000 square feet (formerly 9,006 square feet)
  • Computers: 33 (formerly 18)
  • Artists: Anna Skibska, Ariela Boronat
  • Art budget: $36,491
  • Library Board steward: Gordon McHenry Jr.
  • Architect: Streeter & Associates Architects
  • Contractor: Construction Enterprises & Contractors Inc. 


  • Jan. 17, 2004: Residents enjoyed activities, music and snacks at the grand reopening celebration of the expanded Rainier Beach Branch of The Seattle Public Library.
  • April 2003: The Seattle Public Library board of trustees selected Seattle artist Anna Skibska to develop artwork for the branch expansion.
  • March 2003: Construction began on the branch expansion.
  • Nov. 3, 2002: The Rainier Beach Branch closed to prepare for expansion.
  • May 2002: Residents attended an open house to view the design of the branch expansion.
  • April 2002: The Seattle Design Commission approved design development plans for the expansion.
  • December 2001: Residents attended a presentation on the design of the expansion project.
  • October 2001: Mixed-media artist Ariela Boronat, a Rainier Beach resident at the time, was chosen to help create artwork for the expansion project. Boronat was the second community artist chosen under the innovative Art Partners program, which pairs an experienced artist with a community artist who has limited experience with public art.
  • May 2001: Residents attended a "hopes and dreams" meeting to share ideas on services, collections, programs and artwork for the expanded branch.
  • February 2001: The Library Board selected Streeter & Associates Architects to design the expansion.
  • December 2000: Fifteen architects answered The Seattle Public 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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Rainier Beach Branch
9125 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98118



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