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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 4, 2011

New parking garage for downtown library

Architect's drawing of the parking garage.To accommodate growing demand, the King County Library System is building a three-level parking garage for the Bellevue Regional Library downtown. When construction starts, probably in September, parking will be limited to 50 spaces in the Ashwood Park lot, with a three-hour time limit.

The King County Library System advises users to use the following driving and parking alternatives during construction:

  • Use nearby KCLS libraries, such as Redmond, Lake Hills, Library Connection @ Crossroads, Newport Way or Kirkland;
  • Carpool or consider alternatives to driving, such as public transit, walking or biking; or
  • Park at nearby private pay parking lots (KCLS cannot reimburse for this option).

The 250-stall garage will replace an 80-stall surface parking lot. Combined with parking now available under the library, the garage will add 163 parking stalls, hiking the total from 199 to 362. Usage of the library, at 1111 110th Ave. NE, is expected to increase by at least 5 percent. The library now averages 68,000 visitors a month.

To help alleviate the demand for parking, library programs will be held off-site, and meeting rooms will not be available for use. Information and referral services will still be available via phone, email or through KCLS' Text-a-Librarian or Live Chat reference services. Call 425-450-1765 for details.

KCLS offers additional project information and details on how to take the bus, walk or bike to the library.

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