About the Project

A survey identified the three unreinforced Carnegie buildings as high-risk for damage and loss of life in the event of a major earthquake. The 2016 survey was conducted by the city Department of Construction and Inspection, which advised these buildings be retrofitted in the next seven years.

The seismic upgrade to each of these landmarked buildings is estimated to take approximately 18 months to complete. The buildings will be closed during construction.

Detailed information on each project, including building closure dates and alternative services, will be shared as it becomes available.

Tentative schedule

2022 – Green Lake Branch

Green Lake Branch

Project Overview

The Seattle Public Library Green Lake Branch, one of the Library’s historic Carnegie buildings, will be renovated with structural improvements (a seismic retrofit) to ensure the safety of patrons and staff in case of an earthquake. The seismic retrofit is designed to a high standard intended to minimize damage to the building from a significant earthquake. This renovation project also includes a range of improvements to building accessibility, energy efficiency, and library services. This project is a unique opportunity to renovate and modernize the historic Green Lake Branch while preserving its important architectural legacy. Construction is expected to begin in early 2023.

Project Overview

2023 - University Branch

UNiversity Branch

2025 – Columbia Branch

Columbia Branch