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Project description: Renovate existing branch

  • The renovation included new seating and shelving, more efficient circulation desk and work areas, new computer work stations and study areas, more electrical, communications and computer connections, upgraded technology services and equipment, improved ventilation, and an updated book collection. The exterior also was repainted.
  • The Carnegie-funded University Branch, which was designed by W. Marbury Somervell and Joseph Coté, opened in 1910 and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Quick facts

  • Project type: Renovate existing branch
  • Completion date: 2007
  • Budget for capital costs: $1 million
  • Total library program area: 8,140 square feet
  • Computers: 21 (formerly 18)
  • Artist: Dennis Evans
  • Art budget: $16,813
  • Library Board steward: Gilbert W. Anderson
  • Architect: Hoshide Williams Architects
  • Contractor: Biwell Construction Inc.


  • October 2007: The renovated University Branch of The Seattle Public Library reopened Saturday, Oct. 13.
  • January 2007: Construction began on the renovation of the University Branch of The Seattle Public Library.
  • December 2006: The branch closed Dec. 2 for renovation.
  • May 2006: Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board issued the Certificate of Approval for the interior renovation of the branch. Residents attended an open house to see the design.
  • March 2005: The Seattle Public Library board of trustees selected Hoshide Williams Architects to design the branch renovation. An advisory panel that included University District residents evaluated proposals and interviewed architect finalists.
  • February 2005: Patrons met architect finalists at a public reception.
  • June 2004: Twelve architects answered the Library's call for architects to design the interior renovations to the University Branch.
  • April 2004: The Library Board selected artist Dennis Evans of Seattle to create artwork for the Fremont, Green Lake, Queen Anne, University, and West Seattle branches.
  • December 2001: Seattle's landmarks board voted to designate the University Branch as a landmark building.
  • November 1998: Seattle voters approved the $196.4 million "Libraries for All" bond measure. The bond money, which could be used only for construction of libraries, funded a new Central Library and new and improved branches.

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



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