The Rainier Beach Library will reopen at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. The library, located at 9125 Rainier Ave. S, has been closed since August for renovations to its roof and floor. The Library will also featured a reconfigured interior layout to create flexible spaces for children, teens and adults.
One of the biggest changes patrons will notice is the openness of the new floor plan, as well as the bright new lighting. A “quiet zone” has been established in the adult area, a new Friends of the Library Multipurpose Room has been added, and a lobby seating area has been installed where patrons can eat and charge devices.
Another interior addition is the new Digital Media Studio, where patrons can use Adobe Creative Suite software on Library computers to edit videos and music, touch up photos and create graphics. Additional software for developing video games and graphic manipulation will be added at a future date.
The branch will also have some new devices available for checkout – six laptops and two iPads will be available for in-library use.
The interior changes at the Rainier Beach Branch 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.
A celebration of the renovated Rainier Beach Branch will take place on Saturday, Jan. 23.