David R. Davis Reading Room

Davis has served on the boards of the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Chamber Music Society, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Library Foundation.

Recalling a book discussion with Russell Banks at the University Branch in 1998, Davis said:

"I think that everyone there shared in the warm aura of intellectual excitement and humanity. It had been a serious involvement with the problems of living and dying. I looked around the room with its books packed with knowledge and ideas, its comfortable chairs and tables and the wonderful old Carnegie building itself -- everything free and open to the public -- and it struck me what a wonderful institution the public library is! The spirit of that day still inhabits this place; the 'genius loci' is there to inspire everyone who comes here."