The Rainier Beach Branch and book drop was closed from Aug. 24 to Dec. 29, 2015, for maintenance work and improvements to the interior. The branch was partially reroofed and the interior was reconfigured to better meet the needs of the community.
The branch, which was originally built in 1981, was expanded thanks to the 1998 voter-approved "Libraries for All" bond measure that renewed and revitalized libraries across the city. The 15,000-square-foot branch reopened in January 2004.
After 11 years of use, the branch needed to be recarpeted and repainted, and the older part of the branch needed a new roof.
While the branch was closed for that work, the Library also reconfigured the interior layout to create flexible spaces for children, teens and adults in response to the needs of the community, branch usage, circulation, changes in technology and trends in library services. Shelving and furniture also were replaced.
The interior changes are part of City Librarian Marcellus Turner's vision for The Seattle Public Library. One of his five service priorities is "reimagined spaces" - creating new uses for spaces in our libraries to better meet the changing needs and expectations of patrons.
The improved branch reopened Dec. 30, 2015.