Green Lake Library Branch to close for 18 months

A survey by the city’s Building Department identified the Green Lake Branch, one of three historic Carnegie buildings.

SEATTLE — The Green Lake branch of the Seattle Public Library will be closed February 1 through early 2024 during seismic reclamation.

A survey by the city’s Department of Construction identified Green Lake Branch, one of three historic Carnegie buildings, at high risk of damage and loss of life in a major earthquake. It has been announced that the Green Lake branch, the University branch and the Columbia branch will be retrofitted over the next seven years.

The upgrade for each library branch will take approximately 18 months to complete.

Other major renovations are also expected at the Green Lake Branch, including a new HVAC system, improved accessibility and interior modernization. The project is funded by Levy Libraries 2019. Improvements will cost more than $7.5 million.

The Green Lake branch opened in 1910 and hasn’t been renovated since 1999.

Bennett Barr – Communications Strategist, Seattle Public Library

“These improvements will help the branch provide a continuum of services to those in need, both housing and other needs,” said Bennett Barr, communications strategist for the Seattle Public Library. about all the traditional services the library provides.

Improvements will include:

  • Upgrading the structure will increase the safety of the building during an earthquake.
  • Accessibility improvements will include a new ramp, new ADA parking, new restrooms, and a new west building entrance leading to an elevator.
  • A new HVAC system will provide heating and air conditioning throughout the branch, keeping the branch open and providing shelter and relief during hot days.
  • Other improvements include an auditorium renovation, new study rooms, remodeled staff work areas, new circulation/service desks, new lighting and new furniture.

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