North Branch

This beloved landmark building, with a beautiful rotunda and arched doorways, has been carefully expanded to keep up with a strong demand for library services. Construction began in 2011 and the Branch reopened in April of 2012. The historically sensitive restoration features:

  • A long-envisioned wing providing a new meeting room and staff area, allowing for better flow around the check-out desk.
  • More room for the teenagers who fill the library on school days.
  • Better noise separation between teens and the adult reading room.
  • Replacement of fixtures and additions added over the years that marred the historic features

  • The Neighborhood Libraries Campaign has funded crucial interior improvements not funded by the bond measure, including:

  • Comfortable seating around the historic fireplace.
  • Refinish of original oak tables and chairs and restoration of many notable features to their intended beauty.
  • Provide new laptop computers for library use.
  • Learn More

    FAQs about the North Branch Project.
    View the latest plans of the North Branch.
    FAQs about branch closures.


    Sophie Hahn, Chair & Eric Bjerkholt
    Rachel Anderson & Sally McCoy
    Betsy Bigelow & Chuck Teller
    Suzanne Calpestri
    Diane Davenport & Sayre Van Young
    Paci Hammond & Larry Goldman
    Karen Holtermann
    Judith Justice
    Bebe & Colin McRae
    Kristina Sepetys & WB Peale
    Amrita Singhal & Michael Tubach
    Sophia Skoda

    “I really love the North Branch—it’s so gorgeous. When I walk in, I feel like I’ve entered another time period. I particularly like the new fiction section. The librarians are so knowledgeable and helpful. I’ve gotten to know them, and they start to recognize the kinds of books I’ll like.”
    —Debbie Cohen, Patron,
    North Branch