About Burien Library

Opened: June 13, 2009

Overview

  • Shared-use facility also serves Burien City Hall
  • Preferred parking for carpools and alternative-fueled vehicles
  • LEED Silver Certified, PDF
  • Designed by Ruffcorn, Mott, Hinthorne, and Stine
  • 32,000 square feet

Special Collections & Equipment

Northwest Collection
Browse KCLS' largest collection of Northwest history books, periodicals, clipping files, maps, microform, and audio/video materials. Focus: Northwest native peoples, Northwest exploration and the westward movement, Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Central Puget Sound Region

History

  • 1938: Burien's first library opens at SW 9th and 152nd SW; Members pay 25 cents per year to borrow two books and two magazines at a time
  • 1943: The library moves into the caretaker's cottage at the Burien Playfield
  • 1944: The Burien Library becomes one of the first KCLS branches
  • 1993: Opening of a remodeled and expanded 20,000 square-foot library
  • 2004: Voters approve funding for an $18 million joint-use facility
  • 2009: More than 1,000 people attend the opening of the 32,000 square-foot Burien Library
  • 2010: Earns Puget Sound Regional Council's Vision 2040 Award; Edwin F. Guth Award for interior lighting from the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD); and Masonry Institute of Washington Excellence Awards in Masonry Design

Burien Library Guild

  • Dues: Individual, $5; Family, $10; Business, $25; Lifetime, $50
  • Book sales: Ongoing sale in library
  • Other fundraisers: Book bags
  • Meetings: Second Monday of each month (no meetings in July, August, or December)

The Burien Library Guild has provided major funding for the Burien Library’s Northwest Collection. The Burien Library Guild also provides support for the Boulevard Park and Greenbridge libraries.