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Fact Sheet for Improvements to the Ballard Branch

The Ballard Branch closed May 9, 2016, for improvements and reopened June 20, 2016. A public celebration was held June 21, 2016.


After 11 years of heavy use, the branch needed to be recarpeted. While the branch was closed for that work, the Library also consolidated staff service desks, added comfortable seating, grouped most public computers in a single area and added self-checkout stations.


The changes were based on branch usage and trends in library services and are part of City Librarian Marcellus Turner's vision for The Seattle Public Library. One of his five service priorities is "re-imagined spaces" - redesigning spaces in our libraries to better meet the changing needs and expectations of patrons.


The branch, which opened in 2005, was built under the 1998 voter-approved "Libraries for All" bond measure that renewed and revitalized libraries across the city.


Project description:

  • New carpet
  • Add comfortable seating
  • New tables with electrical outlets
  • Lower selected shelving in children's area
  • Add single staff service desk to make it easier for patrons to know where to get help
  • Group most public computers
  • Add a self-checkout kiosk in main reading room
  • Add a self-checkout station in children's area 
  • Add a laptop bar height desk and stools in teen area
  • Replace urinals in men's restroom with low-flow units
  • Paint interior columns and slot wall entry
  • Install warning height limit bar at parking garage ramp



  • Approximately $586,000  
    • Sources of funds
      • Real Estate Excise Tax
      • 2012 Library levy
      • The Seattle Public Library Foundation


Key dates:

  • April 30, 2016: Holds pick-up location changes to Greenwood Branch unless patrons have selected a different branch.
  • May 8, 2016: Last day to check out materials at the Ballard Branch.
  • May 9, 2016: Ballard Branch closes. 
  • Mid-May to mid-June: Library provides story times and monthly book group and writing series meetings at alternate locations.
  • Late May to mid-June: Library provides bookmobile service on select Fridays and Sundays near the branch.
  • June 20, 2016: Refurbished branch reopens.
  • June 21, 2016: Public celebration with refreshments, brief remarks by City Librarian Marcellus Turner.  


For more information, please call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.


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Ballard Branch
5614 22nd Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107



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Regional Manager:
Kip Roberson

Contact Person:
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Tel: 206-386-4636