Northgate Branch Highlights
The new Northgate Branch and the nearby community center and park opened July 15, 2006. The buildings and the park create an urban gathering place for the community. They are connected by a plaza, which also serves as an entry to the park.
Serving Northgate since 2003
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.
A community hub
The new Northgate Branch is the 18th branch to open under the "Libraries for All" building program. The new building, and the nearby community center and park, were designed by The Miller|Hull Partnership and built by Absher Construction.
Sculptures, glass and outdoor art
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 path. A sculpture by artist Rita Kepner, which previously was located at the old Central Library, also was installed at the site.