High Point Station, The Seattle Public Library opens on November 3, 1942.

  • By David Wilma
  • Posted 9/17/2002
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 3989

On November 3, 1942, The Seattle Public Library opens High Point Station as an extension of the West Seattle Branch. The one-room station is located at 3000 SW Graham Street in the 1,300-unit High Point housing project.

High Point was built to house workers from Todd Shipyard and the Boeing Co. Personnel from the West Seattle Branch staffed the tiny facility Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The collection consisted of 2,000 books from the West Seattle Branch including "late novels, books on the war, gardening, home decoration, child care and a well-rounded group of technical and mechanical books for the war workers." The library was immediately popular and that first month, borrowers checked out an average of 148 books a day.

On April 15, 1961, the station moved into a remodeled housing unit at 6338 32nd Avenue SW.


"High Point Station Library -- Papers," folder, Seattle Public Library Archives.

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