Downtown Spokane Library to house homeless during COVID-19 pandemic

Library books on a shelf

SPOKANE, Wash. — The downtown Spokane public library will temporarily house those experiencing homelessness while the country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Nadine Woodward said the city looked at several spaces, including the Pavilion, but opted to choose the library, which is currently under renovation.

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Woodward said those staying at the library will be housed on the first floor and there will be 140 beds available.

Under Governor Inslee’s stay home order, all shelters have been ordered to operate 24/7. Woodward said opening the library will help house people as existing shelters deal with overflow.

The city hopes to have the space open by March 30 and Woodward said she expects the library will operate as a shelter through mid-May.

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