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212 2nd Ave. North
Kent, 98032

Open Hours:

  • Monday - Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • 10am-9pm
  • 10am-6pm
  • 10am-5pm
  • 1-5pm
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About the Kent Library

Opened: September 23, 1991

Library Map

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  • 2 Meeting Rooms
  • Designed by Henry Klein Partnership/Miller Hayashi (remodel)
  • 22,6000 square feet

Special Collections & Equipment

African American Achievement collection spans history from colonial days to present and includes:

  • Fiction by African American authors and about African American history
  • Nonfiction focus on art and science achievements, history, and social commentary
  • Biographies of prominent historical and contemporary figures


1920: Kent Public Library opens at the Red Cross Community Center

1922: Library moves into City Hall at Second and Grove

1926: Kent hires its first salaried librarian, Anna Fischer

1959: City contracts with KCLS for library staff and materials

1973: 15,000-square-foot library co-owned by the City and KCLS opens at Fourth and Titus

1991: Opening of new, 22,500-square-foot regional library

1993: KCLS annexation

2009: Completion of remodeling project

Emergency Library Closures

Holiday Closures

  • Reserve a Meeting Room
  • Reserve a Computer

Last Updated: 06/24/14