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Fact Sheet for Improvements to the University Branch

The University Branch and book drop were closed July 25 through Aug. 7, 2016, while the back stairs and ramp were replaced. They reopened Monday, Aug. 8, 2016.


The work was part of a 10-week exterior construction project to improve access to the branch, as well as to improve drainage from the site.


Project description:

  • Widen back stairs
  • Redo ramp leading to back entrance
  • Add van-accessible ADA parking stall
  • Redo side entry on north side of building that leads to meeting room
  • Upgrade existing storm, water and sewer lines
  • Resurface main entrance landing
  • Replace two sets of front steps
  • Add lighted handrails to ramps and steps



  • Approximately $425,000  
  • Source of funds: 2012 Library levy


Key dates:

  • July 15, 2016: Holds pick-up location changes to Northeast Branch unless patrons have selected a different branch.
  • July 24, 2016: Last day to check out materials at University Branch. Book drop closes at 3 p.m.
  • July 25, 2016: University Branch closes. 
  • Aug. 8: Branch and book drop reopen; upgraded back stairs and ramp only entrance while the rest of the work is going on.
  • Oct. 3, 2016: Exterior construction largely complete.
  • December 2016: Lighted handrails installed on ramps and steps.


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

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University Branch
5009 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105



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