The NewHolly Branch of The Seattle Public Library has:
The relocated NewHolly Branch at 7058 32nd Ave. S. opened Nov. 20, 1999, in the NewHolly Neighborhood Campus. It was the first branch to open under the "Libraries for All" building program. (See the NewHolly Branch Building Fact Sheet for more information.)
The branch was designed by ARC Architects and built by Absher Construction Co.
The branch, a part of the NewHolly Neighborhood Campus, was designed using new urbanism concepts to enliven the neighborhood. The branch is housed within a "Campus of Learners" that includes a high school tutoring program, a jobs center, a branch of South Seattle Community College, child care centers and more.
The branch is on the first floor of the building and has windows along a major arterial, which allows people to easily see inside. Bright accent colors and furnishings and an exposed ceiling structure provide a contemporary aesthetic. The exterior of the branch was designed so it would fit in with the rest of the campus.
The learning center is named after The Edward and Lillian Bishop Foundation, which provides financial assistance to organizations and programs that benefit young people. (See Donors to the NewHolly Branch: Named Spaces for more information.)
The Holly Park Station opened May 19, 1943, at 7001 32nd Ave. S. as part of a housing project development for defense workers. After World War II, many families moved away and eventually the Seattle Housing Authority converted the complex into subsidized, low-income housing.
The library moved and was expanded but occupied remodeled housing units that had been designed for use as residential homes. The buildings were so small that people lined up outside waiting to get in. Before it moved to its new location, the former Holly Park Library was 1,924 square feet.
LIBRARIES FOR ALL CAPITAL PROJECTS AND THE NEWHOLLY BRANCH
In 1998, voters approved the $196.4 million "Libraries for All" bond measure and The Seattle Public Library Foundation pledged to contribute privately raised money to improve the Library system. The plan included relocating and expanding the branch. The relocated branch opened Nov. 20, 1999.