Using significant portion of the existing library, the design intent was for this library to continue in the tradition of important civic institutions. The building welcomes the community and surrounds and shelters them with a palette of warm materials.
The Southwest Seattle Library, a branch of the Seattle Public Library System, serves as a community center for West Seattle, hosting events and classes for a diverse neighborhood, including Free Tax Help, Baby Story Time, Spanish Story Time, ESL Classes, Friends of the Southwest Library Book Sales, and Citizenship Classes.
When asked for input early in the design process, the community responded that the renovated and expanded Library should be welcoming to all, and that it must include a prominent civic presence on 35th Avenue. In response, the new Library includes a grand entry colonnade, glass lobby, and warm, earth tone colors throughout.