The Greenwood Library Branch (8016 Greenwood Ave. N) will temporarily close on Monday, February 13, for refurbishing and improvements that support the changing ways that patrons are using libraries. The book drop also will close.
Patrons are invited to learn more about the improvements at an open house at the branch from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, January 30. City Librarian Marcellus Turner and other Library staff members will be on hand to answer questions.
The 15,000-square-foot Greenwood Branch opened in January 2005, thanks to the 1998 voter-approved “Libraries for All” (LFA) bond measure that renewed and revitalized libraries across the city.
After 12 years of heavy use, the interior will be improved to make the branch more enjoyable for patrons, who say they want quiet study spaces, areas where they can use a multitude of devices and collaborate with others, and spaces where they can sit with their children to read or use technology. Improvements are designed to make it easier for patrons to interact with one another, create flexible, open, welcoming spaces and improve access to technology.
Specific improvements include upgrading the meeting room, adding a laptop bar in the teen area, combining service desks, increasing seating options, adding electrical outlets to tables, and repositioning the public computers to reduce glare. The worn carpet in the branch also will be replaced.
An indoor-outdoor boulder that comes through an exterior glass wall into the children’s area will be removed due to ongoing moisture problems. The boulder will be moved across the street to a parcel designated to become a community park.
The improvement project will be conducted in two phases because it will take time to fabricate a new exterior glass wall for the area where the boulder was located. Most of the construction work will occur while the branch is closed in February and March. The branch is expected to reopen in April with a temporary exterior wall and briefly close again in May or June for about a week so the custom glass can be installed.
During the longer closure, 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, February 3, the Library will redirect holds as follows:
- Broadview Branch for patrons whose zip codes are 98177, 98133 and 98125
- Ballard Branch for all other patrons.
During the closure, the Library plans to hold several programs at alternate locations and to open the nearby Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., 206-684-7547, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays beginning Feb. 24. Alternate services will be confirmed before the Greenwood Branch closes. Please check the Library’s calendar of events for a complete schedule.
The Library is where the community comes together to share experiences, learn new skills, become entrepreneurs and successful students, take part in civic life and interact with one another.
The Library promised to protect the public’s investment in its buildings as part of the 2012 voter-approved Library levy. The Greenwood Branch improvements are part of the Library’s commitment to ensuring its buildings are well-maintained, clean and comfortable for patrons.
For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.