About Renton Library

Opened: August 22, 2015


  • Designed by Miller Hull Architects
  • 19,500 square feet


  • 1903: Miner's library opens in the Brendel's Drug Store building
  • 1907: Renton Mine Association builds a reference collection at Renton High School
  • 1913: Neva Bostwick Douglas earns Renton a $10,000 Carnegie Foundation grant to build the city's first public library
  • 1914: Carnegie-funded library opens
  • 1966: Opening of new, 20,000-square-foot Downtown Renton Library, stretching 80 feet across the Cedar River
  • 2010: KCLS annexation
  • 2015: New library opens

Renton 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.


  • Laurie Beden
  • Lynne King
  • Catherine Ploue-Smith, Vice Chair
  • Erica Richey, Chair
  • Kim Unti

Friends of the Renton Libraries

  • Dues: Individual, $10.00; Student or Senior, $5.00
  • Book Sales: Ongoing sale in library; Annual Renton River Days Book Sale, last weekend of July
  • Other Fundraisers: Tote bags and mugs, sold at the Renton libraries
  • Meetings: Second Tuesday of each month
  • Friends of Renton Libraries first organized in 1965.