Some read books to learn new things, some read for enjoyment, and some read to escape. At the Downtown Renton Library, escaping begins the moment you walk inside. The original building was built in 1966 over the Cedar River and was renovated in 2015. In order to protect the river, the civil engineers who worked on the renovation brought the building up to current codes without having to do any construction on the river itself. The building sits above the river, and the river flows underneath the seating area in the library. The modern renovations juxtapose views of nature from all angles of the library. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the view.
- The whimsical pieces of glass art in the children’s area are installed in the shape of a question mark.
- The “columns” in the center of the library are actually aircraft cables.
- The computer tables and large study tables were custom-designed for the space to work with the unique structural and electrical constraints of the building while providing ample seating and computer spaces for patrons.
- The historic book posters hanging above the children’s area are from the original Renton Library.
- Architect: Miller Hull Partnership
- Builder: Construction Enterprises & Contractors
- Square footage: 19,500
- Employees: 30
- Built: 1966 (renovated in 2015)
- Website: kcls.org/locations/1556