About Bellevue Library

Opened: July 1, 1993


  • Largest KCLS library
  • Designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership
  • 80,000 square feet

Special Collections & Equipment

Eastside Genealogical Library
The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS), opens a new window Library, a gift of the EGS, contains:

  • Indexes
  • Regional genealogies and histories
  • Marriage and cemetery records
  • Passenger and immigrant lists
  • Periodicals

Get genealogy help from EGS members in online. For more information see our upcoming events.

Government Documents

The Bellevue Library is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program. It has local and state documents in print, microform, and electronic formats. It has access to federal documents online.


  • 1925: The Bellevue Women's Club establishes the first Bellevue Library
  • 1944: The King County Library System becomes responsible for the library's collections and operations.
  • 1953: City of Bellevue incorporated. City contracts with KCLS for books and staff at the library.
  • 1966: Passage of the Library Services & Construction Act Bond Issue funds a new building
  • 1967: Dedication of a new Bellevue library
  • 1988: Approval of library funding bond & KCLS annexation
  • 1993: Opening of the current Bellevue Library
  • 1994: Wins Associated General Contractors of Washington's Award for Excellence in Construction
  • 1995: Wins ALA/AIA National Award of Excellence for Library Architecture

Bellevue Library Advisory Board

Library Advisory Boards are established by individual cities that have annexed to the King County Library System (KCLS). Members of these community boards are appointed by and serve in an advisory capacity to City officials on matters regarding the KCLS community library they represent.

Visit the City of Bellevue's Library Board page for details.

Contact: servicefirst@bellevuewa.gov

Bellevue Friends of the Library

Corner Bookshop

Corner Bookshop
Bellevue Library, first floor
(425) 450-2446

Open Hours

Tuesday 12pm-3pm
Saturday 11am-3pm


  • Operated by the Bellevue Friends of the Library
  • Proceeds fund library programs and services


  • We are now accepting book, puzzle, DVD, CD, and other media donations during shop hours.
  • Website: Corner Book Shop

Volunteers over the age of 18 are needed for sales, sorting, and pricing.