The last open day for the Northeast Branch Library at 6801 35th Ave NE will be Sunday, August 26, from 1 to 5 PM, and it will likely be a very busy day, with library patrons making final selections to take home and use during the closure period. The systemwide closure will produce savings which will enable the library to close its budget gap. Since the library levy passed this year, it is hoped that a closure will not be necessary next year. The majority of the Seattle Public Library’s $51.8 million budget pays for direct public service – personnel to run the libraries. The rest of the budget pays for books and materials, and fixed costs such as Internet services and utilities.
During the closure you will be able to look on-line at the library catalog, but you will not be able to place holds on items. Books and other items cannot be returned to libraries or book drops during the closure. While closed, the Northeast Branch Library will have some parking lot improvements made. The contractor will use the entire parking lot as a staging area so no parking spaces will be available during construction.