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Release Date: 10/09/2013

Effective Nov. 4: Temporary new open hours at Northeast Branch of The Seattle Public Library while improvements underway

Northeast Branch

Beginning Monday, Nov. 4, the Northeast Branch of The Seattle Public Library, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., will temporarily reduce its open hours for about four weeks while improvements are made to the branch. The new hours will be:


  • 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
  • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday
  • Closed Friday
  • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday


Improvements include a larger children's area, family-friendly seating, more filtered Internet computers for children and more self-service checkout stations. The holds area also will be relocated to accommodate the expansion of the children's area.


The changes are possible in part thanks to a generous gift from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, which provided a $100,000 grant to the Northeast Branch in memory of Faye Allen, Paul Allen's mother, a life-long lover of reading who was passionate about giving children access to books. The Allen family lived in the neighborhood.


The changes are based on branch usage, circulation and demographics, and trends in library services. In July, nearly 43 percent of the circulation at the branch was for youth materials and programs for youth are routinely well-attended.


The improvements also fit the vision of City Librarian Marcellus Turner. "One of my priorities is to redesign spaces in our libraries to better meet the needs of our patrons," he said.


There will be periodic disruptions to service during construction. Work is expected to be completed by the end of the year. For up-to-date information, call the Northeast Branch at 206- 684-7539 or check the Library website.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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