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 Meeting Room 6 on Tuesdays from 7-9pm, Wednesdays from 1-3pm, and Sundays from 1:30-3:30pm (Sunday help begins Jan 5, 2020).

Government Documents

This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code). Depository Questions? Contact Barbara Massey at 425-450-1765.

The Bellevue Library offers local and state publications in print, microform, and electronic formats. The library also offers online access to a broad selection of available federal documents as part of the Federal Depository Library Program.

SCORE Counseling

Free one-on-one small business counseling, seminars, and workshops are available from The Service Corps of Retired Executives, opens a new window (SCORE) volunteers.

Contact Bellevue Library staff to schedule an appointment.

Sponsored by the Small Business Administration.


  • 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

Open Hours

Monday-Wednesday 10:15am-4pm
Thursday 10:15am-7pm
Friday-Saturday 10:15am-4pm
Sunday 1pm-4pm


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

We accept the following items (in good condition):

  • Books
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Audiobooks

We cannot accept:

  • Magazines
  • Damaged items
  • Professional journals
  • Old reference material
  • Videotapes
  • Cassette tapes

Bring donations to the Bookshop during open hours, or to the library Information Desk. If you have several boxes of items, ask for a book cart.

All accepted donations are tax-deductible. Ask for a receipt at the Bookshop or library Information Desk.
Volunteers over the age of 18 are needed for sales, sorting, and pricing.