About the Library

Library News Releases

Header Image

Library News Release

Release Date: 06/30/2016

University Branch of The Seattle Public Library Closes July 25 for About Three Weeks for Construction

University Branch exterior

The University Branch, 5009 Roosevelt Way N.E, will be closed beginning Monday, July 25 for about three weeks while the back stairs and ramp are replaced. The book drop will close at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 24 to give staff time to check in materials before the branch closes.


The branch and book drop are expected to reopen in mid-August; a reopening date will be set once construction work is underway.

The work is part of a three-month exterior construction project to improve access to the branch, as well as to improve drainage from the site. Most of the site, including the front steps and lawns, will be fenced off and inaccessible from July 25 through October. 


The main entrance off Roosevelt Way Northeast and the side entry on the north side of the building will be closed through October so patrons will need to use the upgraded back stairs and ramp to enter the branch after it reopens.


While the branch is closed, patrons may choose any other Library location as a pickup location for items placed on hold and may return materials to any branch.


If patrons don't select an alternate branch by Friday, July 15, their holds will be sent to the Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7539. Patrons also may visit the nearby Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., 206-684-7547.


Improvements include: 

  • Widen back stairs
  • Redo ramp leading to back entrance
  • Add van-accessible ADA parking stall
  • Redo side entry on north side of building that leads to meeting room
  • Upgrade existing storm, water and sewer lines
  • Resurface main entrance landing
  • Replace two sets of front steps
  • Add lighted handrails to all ramps and steps


The full project is expected to be completed in late October.


For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

< Back To Index