About Kent Library

Opened: September 23, 1991


  • Designed by Henry Klein Partnership/Miller Hayashi (remodel)
  • 22,600 square feet

Special Collections & Equipment

  • Microfiche Reader/Printer, Microfilm collection which includes Historical Kent Newspapers, Seattle PI, and Seattle Times.


  • 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

Friends of the Kent Library

We strive to promote usage of the library and sponsor programs for children, teens, and adults.
New members are welcome. "Be a Friend' cards can be found on the library sales shelf. Fill one out and leave it at the checkout counter, or attend a meeting and fill out a card there.

  • Book Sales: Ongoing sales in the library of books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, VHS video tapes, and audio cassette tapes; Big Annual Book Sale in September.
  • Meetings: Second Thursday of February, April, June, August, October, and December at 1 pm.