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Release Date: 03/16/2005

Existing Ballard Branch closes a chapter: Doors to close April 10, 2005 so new building can open May 14

The Seattle Public Library's existing Ballard Branch, 5711 24th Ave. N.W., will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 10, to allow the Library to move operations to the larger new branch several blocks away.

The new Ballard Branch at 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., and the adjacent Ballard Neighborhood Service Center, will open at noon Saturday, May 14.

Once the existing branch closes, books and other materials will be carefully moved to the new building and shelved in preparation for the grand opening celebration, which is currently in the planning phase.

Sunday, April 10 is the last day to pick up an item on hold, or check out or return materials at the existing Ballard Branch. The book drop, however, will stay open until 5 p.m. Friday, April 15. The book drop at the new building will open at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 18.

Until the new branch opens, users may choose any other location of The Seattle Public Library as a pickup location for items placed on hold, interlibrary loan requests or purchase suggestions. Library materials may be returned to any branch.

The branches closest to Ballard are the new Greenwood Branch, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-4086 and the Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-7519. If patrons don't select an alternate branch, their Ballard holds will be sent to the Greenwood Branch.

The $10,963,258 new branch is part of the $196.4 million "Libraries for All" bond measure that Seattle voters passed in 1998. The bond money, which can be used only for construction of libraries, is funding new and improved branches, as well as the new Central Library. The $72 million Seattle Center/Community Centers levy that Seattle voters passed in 1999 is funding the adjacent 3,000-square-foot neighborhood service center.

The new 15,000-square-foot branch library will replace the existing 7,296-square-foot branch, which was built in 1963. The new branch will have an updated collection, more seats, expanded reference areas, larger areas for children and young adults, more computers, a meeting room and underground parking. The new branch was designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects and is being built by PCL Construction Services Inc.

To date, the Library has completed the new Central Library and the Beacon Hill, Capitol Hill, Columbia, Delridge, Green Lake, Greenwood, High Point, NewHolly, North East, Rainier Beach, Wallingford and West Seattle branches. The renovated Fremont Branch opens Saturday, April 16, and many other branches are currently in the planning, design or construction phase.

The Seattle Public Library Foundation continues to raise funds from private sources to enhance the public bond commitment and keep pace with the demands of patrons for a high level of library service. Every dollar raised will ensure a level of excellence in the Library's facilities, collections, and programs that would not be possible through its tax-based support alone.

For more information about "Libraries for All" or the Foundation, visit the Library's Web site at www.spl.org.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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