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February 7, 2016

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Libraries for All : Maintain buildings

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Maintaining the Library buildings


Maintenance = Sustainability


We promised to maintain buildings for the next generation.


2014 Accomplishments:


  • Completed more than 11,000 work orders to keep Library buildings clean, efficient and in good working order
  • Retreaded all escalators and refurbished all public elevators at Central Library
  • Replaced worn furniture at 18 locations
  • Renovated restrooms at Ballard and Fremont branches
  • Upgraded security and safety infrastructure at Central Library, Ballard, Capitol Hill and Douglass-Truth branches
  • Improved parking and accessibility at the Queen Anne Branch
  • Upgraded power and lighting at the Broadview Branch
  • Conducted seismic evaluations at the Fremont, Green Lake, Queen Anne and University branches


2014 Spending: $2.5 million

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50% increase in preventative maintenance performed since 2012. "The building has never looked better!" - Library patron who attended Central Library 10th anniversary event in May