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400 SW 152nd Street
Burien, 98166

Open Hours:

  • Monday - Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • 10am-9pm
  • 10am-6pm
  • 10am-5pm
  • Noon-8pm
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About the Burien Library

Opened: June 13, 2009

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  • 1 Meeting Room, 4 Study Rooms, 1 Conference Room
  • Shared-use facility also serves Burien City Hall
  • Preferred parking for carpools and alternative-fueled vehicles
  • LEED Silver Certified, PDF
  • Designed by Ruffcorn, Mott, Hinthorne, and Stine
  • 32,000 square feet

Northwest Collection

Browse KCLS' largest collection of Northwest history books, periodicals, clipping files, maps, microform, and audio/video materials.


  • Northwest native peoples
  • Northwest exploration and the westward movement
  • Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia
  • Central Puget Sound Region


1938: Burien's first library opens at SW 9th and 152nd SW; Members pay 25 cents per year to borrow two books and two magazines at a time

1943: The library moves into the caretaker's cottage at the Burien Playfield

1944: The Burien Library becomes one of the first KCLS branches

1993: Opening of a remodeled and expanded 20,000 square-foot library

2004: Voters approve funding for an $18 million joint-use facility

2009: More than 1,000 people attend the opening of the 32,000 square-foot Burien Library

2010: Earns Puget Sound Regional Council's Vision 2040 Award; Edwin F. Guth Award for interior lighting from the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD); and Masonry Institute of Washington Excellence Awards in Masonry Design

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Last Updated: 12/31/14