ZGF programmed and designed King County Library System’s (KCLS) 127,134 SF award-winning, flagship library and Eastside ‘information hub’ to express an image of civic importance and monumentality. The design concept for this facility emphasizes flexibility and openness, highlighted through a series of clerestory vaults with a complex exterior composition of forms that creatively dissolve mass, separate functions, and punctuate key areas, such as entries. The three-story library houses public meeting rooms, a children’s area, a gift shop, and the largest reference collection in the County’s library system. In addition to reinforcing KCLS’s goal of enhancing the lives of its users through exceptional facilities, the building evolves the traditional image of a library into a community-centered, multi-functional venue. Amenities and comfortable seating areas provide a place to sit and relax with a cup of coffee and a good book. Strategically located custom displays highlight feature materials and encourage casual browsing. Self-serve check-out stations and stand-up reference desks provide expanded wireless Internet access, improve information accessibility, and enhance the overall patron experience.