History

Serving Green Lake since 1905

In 1905, the Library opened a small, one-room structure on the east side of the lake. It was several blocks south of the present building. In 1908, wealthy philanthropist Andrew Carnegie agreed to donate $35,000 to build a replacement branch. Local residents raised $3,000 to buy the current branch site; the city contributed another $1,000. The building opened in in July 1910.

Architecture

A renovated Carnegie Library

Exterior view windows at the Green Lake Branch
Exterior view windows at the Green Lake Branch

The renovated Green Lake Branch is the sixth project completed under the "Libraries for All" building program. The renovation was designed by Snyder Hartung Kane Strauss Architects and built by W.G. Clark Construction Co.

Art

"The Seven Liberal Arts" by Dennis Evans

Artwork by Dennis Evans at the Green Lake Branch
Artwork by Dennis Evans at the Green Lake Branch

Artist Dennis Evans was commissioned to create two pieces of artwork each for five of Seattle's historic Carnegie-era libraries. Building on the ideas of learning, education, and history, Evans linked the libraries with paintings based on the seven liberal arts. Called the “Seven Liberal Arts Suite,” his work celebrates the seven branches of knowledge that initiate everyone into a life of learning. Each branch features one “reference painting” that is similarly composed at each location. The second art piece at each library is unique to that location and explores one of the seven liberal arts. The unique work featured at the Green Lake Branch explores the art of Rhetoric.

Named Spaces

Mary Alice Cooley Meeting Room

You can reserve the Mary Alice Cooley Meeting Room through our Spaces room reservation system.