About Auburn Library

Opened: April 19, 2000

Overview

  • Rain garden
  • Covered entry walkway mirroring historic rail platforms echoes Auburn's history as an early 20th century railway hub
  • Designed by Olson Sundberg and Schacht/Aslani Architects (remodel)
  • 20,000 square feet

History

  • 1904: Auburn's first library operates from a drug store's back room
  • 1914: Completion of a new library at 3rd and Auburn Avenue, funded by a $9,000 Carnegie Corporation grant
  • 1964: Dedication of a new 12,000-square-foot building at 9th and H Street SE
  • 1997: Approval of KCLS annexation and funding of a new 15,000-square-foot building in Les Gove Park
  • 1998: KCLS annexation
  • 1999: Groundbreaking of the new Auburn Library
  • 2000: Opening at Les Gove Park
  • 2012: Completion of Capital Bond expansion project
  • 2012: Reopening of the 20,000-square-foot expanded library, attended by more than 250 people

Friends of the Auburn Library

  • Dues: $5
  • Book Sales: Ongoing sale in library; Annual book sale, held on July 4 (part of the city’s Fourth of July Celebration)
  • Meetings: Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 - 8 pm (no meetings in August or December)