History

Serving Westwood since 1945

Library service began March 8, 1945, when the Fauntleroy Station opened near the ferry landing. "Stations" had smaller collections of books and were open fewer hours than branches, but were needed to serve the number of people who came to Seattle during World War II.

In 1956, Seattle voters passed a $5 million bond issue to replace the Central Library and to use any leftover money to build new branches. The Southwest Branch was the first new branch to be built with the money.

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Architecture

Read where you live

Exterior side view of the Southwest Branch
Exterior side view of the Southwest Branch

The expanded Southwest Branch is the 22nd project completed under the Libraries for All building program.
The expansion was designed by Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects and built by Construction Enterprises & Contractors Inc.

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Art

Bronze and copper art by multiple artists

Artwork by Katherine Kerr at the Southwest Branch
Artwork by Katherine Kerr at the Southwest Branch

In the building’s entry, artist Katherine Kerr has set bronze casts of hands from people in community. Seattle artist Morgan Brig created five copper and enamel panel for the branch. There is also a bronze sculpture by Charles W. Smith.

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