The Lake City Branch is tentatively set to temporarily close in early 2018 for about six months for improvements to make the branch a more enjoyable space for patrons to read, study and collaborate. The book drop also will close.
Patrons are invited to learn more about improvements planned for the library at an open house at the branch from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23.
Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner will make a brief presentation at 6 p.m., and then patrons will have the opportunity to see the architectural designs, learn more about expanded spaces and improved services and learn about preliminary plans to hold programs at alternate locations while the branch is closed.
Originally built in 1965, the Lake City Branch was expanded as part of the 1998 voter-approved "Libraries for All" bond measure that renewed and revitalized libraries across the city. The larger building opened in October 2005.
While the expanded building served the community well, there continues to be a strong demand for collaborative space, basic computer instruction and staff help with technology in general. The branch also has the busiest Homework Help program in the system.
The improvements are designed to support the changing ways that patrons are using libraries and make it easier for people to interact with one another, create flexible, open, welcoming spaces and improve access to technology.
The changes are part of Turner's vision for The Seattle Public Library. One of his five service priorities is "re-imagined spaces" - adapting and energizing Library spaces for new uses in keeping with changing services, programs, interests and needs of Library users and the changing ways that they use Library spaces.
- Add about 1,600 square feet of public space by opening up the entrance and corridor
- Reconfigure the interior layout to create flexible spaces for children, teens and adults
- Lower shelving height to improve visibility and make the space feel more welcoming
- Add more outlets to charge devices
- Relocate the public computers closer to the service desk
- Add meeting space
- Add soft seating
- Add a circular laptop bar in the teen area
- Add a laptop bar at the main entrance
- Consolidate service desks to make it easier for patrons to know where to get help and to free up space for other Library purposes
- Add eight laptops and two iPads that patrons can borrow to use inside the branch
- Relocate the artwork
- Install new acoustical ceilings
- Improve finishes for easier maintenance
- Upgrade restrooms
- Approximately $3.1 million
- Sources of funds
- 2012 Library levy
- Real Estate Excise Tax
- Library gift fund
- Oct. 23, 2017: Open house to describe improvements
- Early 2018: Lake City Branch closes for renovations
- Mid-2018: Renovated Lake City Branch reopens
For more information, please call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.