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November 25, 2015

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Libraries for All : Maintain buildings

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Library Closed Thursday, Nov. 26

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26.

Maintain buildings

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

Libraries for All : Investing in Experiences
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