History

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.

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Architecture

A community hub

Exterior view of the Northgate Branch
Exterior view of the Northgate Branch

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.

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Art

Sculptures, glass and outdoor art

Artwork by Dana Lynn Louis at the Northgate Branch
Artwork by Dana Lynn Louis at the Northgate Branch

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.

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