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12 Incredible Destination Libraries Around Seattle and Beyond

Build an outing — and a love of books — around these Puget Sound-area libraries

Published on: January 03, 2020

12 Incredible Destination Libraries Around Seattle and Beyond

University Place Branch, Pierce County Library System

12. University Place Branch, Pierce County Library System

Find it: 3609 Market Place W., Suite 100, University Place

Opened in 2011, this LEED Silver-certified library is spacious and modern, with large windows to allow in natural light. In addition to the kids’ play area, there’s a teen zone, a video-editing station, and a job and business center where parents can brush up their résumés while the kids are exploring.

Day trip: Head to nearby Chambers Creek Regional Park. It has 2 miles of shoreline, winding trails and the exceptional Playground by the Sound, with sweeping views of the water and mountains.

Editor’s note: Elisa Murray contributed to this article, which was originally published in 2017 and was updated most recently in January 2020.

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